To What Extent Was Brutality Used by Fidel Castro During the Cuban Revolution

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“A revolution is not a bed of roses ... a revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.” – Fidel Castro, 1961. This statement was certainly true for Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries during the Cuban Revolution, an armed revolt that took place between July 26th 1953 and January 1st 1959, which ended successfully. During this revolt, many of Fidel Castro’s fellow revolutionaries were killed in this process of violent revolution (My Life, p133, 2006). However, Castro and his accompanying revolutionaries, of which he was the leader, also caused their fair share of deaths using brutality in the name of revolution and political justice. Using various combat tactics, the most prominent being guerrilla warfare, the …show more content…
The military expedition was led by General Juan Rodriguez, a Dominican exile. The coup began on the 29th of July, 1947, and included about one thousand two hundred men, most of which were exiled Dominicans and Cubans. The invasion was quickly ended however, as Dominican and US intelligence had obtained knowledge of the event. Many of the people involved were arrested, fortunately however, Castro escaped by swimming away from the ship that he was on (The Real Fidel Castro, p32-34, 2003). This would be Castro’s first experience in using brutality for political change. In the following years however, the amount of violent tactics that would be used to achieve this change would increase and become far more important, with Fidel Castro as a central figure.

As discontent over the current political state grew, Castro began to form an underground organization for the purpose of overthrowing the current President of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. The group consisted primarily of working class or middle class citizens, who were lived in poverty or other unfortunate circumstances. Castro was able to train the men, of who numbered approximately one hundred and fifty, by going to firing ranges and disguising themselves as ordinary men who interested in hunting activities, such as clay pigeon shooting (My Life, p112-113, 2006).

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