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Santiago – 23 July 2003
1. Wide shot exterior of Moncada Barracks
2. Gardener watering plants
3. Carpenter working
4. Painter working
5. Construction crew
6. Plants being removed from truck
7. Moncada barracks and work crews
8. Wide exterior of Moncada
9. Medium of gardeners
10. Worker carrying wood
11. Pan right Moncada and workers
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Vox Pop, Moncada worker:
“We are working with a lot of sacrifice. All the comrades are sharing in this activity.”
13. Tilt down of Moncada
14. Close up of worker hammering
15. Close up of “26 July” sign
16. Medium shot of flags

Havana – 24 July 2003
17. Preparations for festivity
18. Wide crowd dancing
19. Wide shot of musicians coming on stage
20. Close up of drummer setting up
21. Medium shot of child and old man on balcony
22. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ernesto Cabrera, Artistic Director City of Havana:
“You can go from here to the Orient, to Santiago where they are celebrating carnival now. The flavour of the people, their warmth, you can feel it all over the island.”
23. Wide cutaway crowded street
24. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Moises Gonzalez, Band member “Crazy Man”:
“The 26 of July is a day of cultural activity across Cuba. We have to do it with love, with desire, with willingness…and go forward.”
25. Pan right of people dancing in street


Cubans around the island are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution on Saturday.

Saturday marks the day Fidel Castro and some 100 rebels first attempted to overthrow Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship back in 1953.

Castro’s plan was to overpower the Moncada Barracks in Santiago. Moncada was at the time Cuba’s second largest fort.

The attack on the barracks lacked the element of surprise and ended with most of Castro’s men being killed or arrested.

Fifty years later, Moncada is now a school. Its bullet riddled walls serve as a reminder to future generations that the revolution began here on 26 July 1953.

The building has been painted, the gardens spruced up, and 10-thousand chairs have been placed across the lawn.

Castro is expected to address Cuba’s 11-million population from the stage set at Moncada.

Those who do not live in the immediate area still feel very much part of the festivities.

They will be watching the event in one of the over 1-million Chinese television sets distributed by the Cuban government across the years.

In Havana, stages are being set up around town where free concerts will be held to celebrate the anniversary.

In the streets spirits are high and for the most part, celebrations have already begun.

The Cuban government declared Friday the 25th a national holiday, giving Cubans an unexpected three-day weekend.

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