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Castro Marks 52nd Anniversary of Revolution Start


Cuban President Fidel Castro has marked the 52nd anniversary of his attack on a military garrison that started the Cuban revolution.

President Castro addressed supporters at a Havana theater Tuesday - the anniversary of his failed July 26, 1953 assault on the Moncada barracks in Santiago.

In previous years, mass outdoor rallies have been held to mark the assault that culminated in his taking power on January 1, 1959.

During his speech, Mr. Castro said the economy grew at seven percent in the first half of the year. He also lashed out at dissidents during his speech.

Last week, Cuban authorities rounded up at least 33 dissidents in an apparent effort to stop them from attending a rally to call for the release of political prisoners in Cuba. At least nine still remain in custody.

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