Seguimos en Combate
Next to the portrait of Fidel Castro is written “Seguimos en Combate”, which means “Still in combat”.
The white boat is the Granma, used by the rebels (lead by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Camillo Cienfuegos) fighting the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. They landed in south-eastern Cuba, on Las Coloradas beach, and were hidden (with great success) in the mountains that are known today as the Sierra Maestra National Park. This arrival marked the start of the Revolución Cubana, which ended on the victory of the 1st of January 1959.
This picture has been taken in the Rafael Trejo street. He was a 20 years old revolutionary student, killed in 1930 during the protests against Gerardo Machado (the 5th President of Cuba).
The kid was calmly playing with his rifle-toy in this street full of historic symbols, and as I was about to “shoot” (pun intended) him, he coincidentally shouldered his weapon…