Cuba marks revolution anniversary, New Year's Day

14:08, January 01, 2011      

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While celebrating the New Year's Day, Cubans were also marking the 52nd anniversary of victory of the revolution led by Fidel Castro, which also falls on Saturday.

On Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel and his guerrilla troops overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, pinnacling a six-year revolution.

In this year's celebrations, a 21-gun salute will be fired at midnight Friday, while the Cuban national flag will be raised at the old townhall of Santiago de Cuba, a city 900 km southeast of Havana, where Fidel proclaimed victory 52 years ago.

As usual, a message will be aired by all official media outlets saluting the revolution anniversary and the New Year's Day. This year's message is expected to focus on the country's economic challenges.

Source: Xinhua
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