Armelio Ferras Pellicer, one of dozens who participated in the attack on a military barracks more than a half-century ago that launched
Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, has died, official media reported Thursday. He was 82.
The Communist Party daily Granma reported Ferras Pellicer died in Havana after a prolonged illness.
Born in the eastern province of Holguin, Ferras Pellicer joined scores of other young people in the July 26, 1953 armed attack led by Castro on the Moncada military barracks in easternmost Santiago city.
The attack failed, with many of the assailants killed and the remainder arrested, but it planted the seeds for Castro’s revolutionary fight that triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959 when President Fulgencio Batista fled the country.
Ferras Pellicer lived most of his life in Colon, a city in the Matanzas province east of Havana, where he held a series of government and political posts throughout his lifetime. A memorial service and burial were scheduled Friday in Colon.