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Cuba: Torch-Lit March Honours National Hero Jose Marti

Thousands of Cubans, mostly university students, took to the streets of Havana on Monday night in the traditional torch-lit march in commemoration of the 167th anniversary of the birth of national hero Jose Marti.

The march, which ran from the historic steps of the University of Havana to the Fragua Martiana, where Mart served a sentence of forced labour at age 16 in 1869 for his pro-independence ideas, was led by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, and General Raul Castro, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.

The origin of this tradition goes back to the 1950s when a group of young people led by Fidel Castro wanted to celebrate the centenary of the birth of this national hero.



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