History Will Absolve Me

History Will Absolve Me

History Will Absolve Me

History Will Absolve Me

Excerpt

We are now approaching the first anniversary of that heroic effort made [July 26, 1953] when a handful of young men armed with little more than their ideals and their self-respect engaged the forces of tyranny in mortal combat. A group of Cuban intellectuals, united in a common cause and inspired by admiration for the 26th of July Movement have decided to publish the complete text of Dr. Fidel Castro's defense plea delivered on October 16th, 1953, before the Emergency Tribunal of Santiago de Cuba.

This publication was made possible through the help of two reporters who attended that memorable session and made available to us the shorthand notes they took there.

Dr. Castro was not tried along with the other accused. The trial in which he undertook his own defense had hardly begun when he was illegally removed from the trial proceedings and prevented from appearing until after the sessions had ended. He was later tried in a room of the City Hospital. With the exception of a few newspapermen, whose reports were completely forbidden by the censorship enforced by National Law, the public was barred from the trial. It was clear that the regime was extraordinarily interested in muffling Dr. Castro's pronouncements. But, despite these circumstances, the speech delivered by Fidel Castro in his own defense is considered the most formidable and courageous indictment yet delivered before a Cuban court of law. It is the most devastating judgment anyone has ever levelled at the present regime of force. The way in which the 26th of July attack was carried out; the revolutionary movement's program; the repulsive crimes perpetrated [by the regime] on the prisoners after . . .

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