Cuban President Raul Castro spoke to supporters gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the revolution that began when Fidel Castro seized control of Santiago de Cuba on New Years Day 1959, as Ernesto "Che" Guevara marched into Havana.
Raul vowed to continue his brother Fidel’s fight, insisting the global financial crisis means the country may face even harder times. "The current disturbances in the world tell us the coming years will not be easier," said Castro, 77. "This is the truth. I'm not saying this to scare anyone.''
Castro also warned against U.S. aggression. "One way or another, every U.S. administration has tried to impose a regime change in Cuba. Resistance has been the key word. The U.S. will never cease to be aggressive."
Castro has taken small steps to change life for Cubans since taking power in Feb. They’re now allowed to buy pricey mobile phones and DVD players, and citizens can patronize tourist hotels. He also stated that unused government land will be distributed to private farmers.
Fidel Castro did not make an appearance at the Dec 27 gathering.