Fidel and Raul Pay Homage to Cuban Combatants Killed in Action 55 Years Ago

Havana, December 20 (RHC) – Two wreaths sent by Revolution leaders Fidel and Raul Castro were laid at the tombs of Cuban combatants killed in action 55 years ago in the eastern locality of Jiguani, in the province of Granma.

The tribute took place at the cemetery which treasures the mortal remains of 11 members of the rebel army who fell during a December 1958 military action against the troops of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.

Among those killed in action was Captain Ignacio Perez, one of the first farmers who joined the Rebel Army and who was posthumously promoted to the rank of Commander.

Local government president in Jiguani, Eufemia Aguilar, recalled that before the town was liberated, commanders Fidel and Raul Castro, along with Juan Almeida, made plans in the region to advance towards the city of Santiago de Cuba. The liberation of Jiguani became a historic action and 55 years later it has become a symbol in the struggle for the whole country’s economic development.