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The Victory of Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution

IN PICTURES: In the lead-up to Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, teleSUR celebrates the Cuban leader's landmark achievements.

Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro has inspired millions to fight for a better world through the achievements and sacrifices of its people. The revolution that no one said could survive has not only proved the naysayers wrong, but continues to triumph, leading the world with its universal health care and education system. In the lead-up to Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, teleSUR celebrates the Cuban leader's landmark achievements.

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Fidel Castro in 1952, the year he created "The Movement," an underground network in opposition to the Batista regime.
Fidel Castro in 1952, the year he created "The Movement," an underground network in opposition to the Batista regime. Photo:EFE
Fidel and Raul Castro rest with fellow revolutionaries in the Sierra Madre.
Fidel and Raul Castro rest with fellow revolutionaries in the Sierra Madre. Photo:EFE
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro parades through the streets of Havana 56 years ago celebrating the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro parades through the streets of Havana 56 years ago celebrating the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Photo:File
Fidel Castro makes a speech following the victory of the Cuban Revolution.
Fidel Castro makes a speech following the victory of the Cuban Revolution. Photo:EFE
Left: Tens of thousands of Cubans commemorate the July 26, 1953, attack on the Moncada Barracks that kicked off the revolutionary fight on July 26, 1959. Right: On Sept. 2, 1960, over 1 million Cubans ratify the First Declaration of Havana, codifying the support of the Cuban people for the Revolution and opposition to U.S. imperialism.
Left: Tens of thousands of Cubans commemorate the July 26, 1953, attack on the Moncada Barracks that kicked off the revolutionary fight on July 26, 1959. Right: On Sept. 2, 1960, over 1 million Cubans ratify the First Declaration of Havana, codifying the support of the Cuban people for the Revolution and opposition to U.S. imperialism. Photo:File
Raul Castro (R) awards his brother with a commemorative medal to mark the 20th anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.
Raul Castro (R) awards his brother with a commemorative medal to mark the 20th anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Photo:EFE
And the celebrations continued, as millions of Cubans hailed the anti-imperialist movement to oust U.S. imposed dictator Fulgencio Batista.
And the celebrations continued, as millions of Cubans hailed the anti-imperialist movement to oust U.S. imposed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Photo:File
Fidel Castro (L) and Che Guevara (C) lead a memorial march in Havana May 5, 1960, for the victims of the La Coubre freight ship explosion, considered to be one of the first CIA attempts to undermine the Cuban revolution.
Fidel Castro (L) and Che Guevara (C) lead a memorial march in Havana May 5, 1960, for the victims of the La Coubre freight ship explosion, considered to be one of the first CIA attempts to undermine the Cuban revolution. Photo:File
Millions of Cubans poured into the streets of the Caribbean nation
Millions of Cubans poured into the streets of the Caribbean nation's capital to hail the victory of the socialist movement. Photo:File
Cuban soldiers hold up a poster of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Bolivian leader Evo Morales during anniversary celebrations.
Cuban soldiers hold up a poster of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Bolivian leader Evo Morales during anniversary celebrations. Photo:AFP
Year after year since 1959, Cubans have celebrated the success of the revolution with unwavering enthusiasm and emotion.
Year after year since 1959, Cubans have celebrated the success of the revolution with unwavering enthusiasm and emotion. Photo:AFP
Soldiers wave the Cuban flag during Cuban Revolution commemorations in recent years.
Soldiers wave the Cuban flag during Cuban Revolution commemorations in recent years. Photo:Reuters
A poster is displayed ahead of 2015
A poster is displayed ahead of 2015's Cuban Revolution celebrations. Photo:EFE
Hundreds of thousands turned out to listen to President Raul Castro
Hundreds of thousands turned out to listen to President Raul Castro's messaged on the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolt. Photo:Reuters
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (2ndL) stands next to Raul Castro (C). Maduro sent a message of solidarity and support to the Cuban government and population.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (2ndL) stands next to Raul Castro (C). Maduro sent a message of solidarity and support to the Cuban government and population. Photo:Reuters
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