Pellicer poses with a picture of the late leader Fidel Castro at his personal museum to the Cuban heroes in Havana.
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On Jan. 1, Cuba will mark the 60th anniversary of the communist revolution that brought the late and enigmatic leader Fidel Castro to power. Here, AFP talks to four Cubans about what the revolution still means to them. The ex-combatantFor 97-year-old Alejandro Ferras Pellicer, the revolution is as alive now as it ever was. He was the oldest of a group of 100 rebels, including two of his brothers, who joined Castro in an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba in July 1953, an operation widely considered to have launched the Cuban revolution.The revolution also helped make sport accessible "for everyone," turning the island nation of 11.5 million people into an Olympic overachiever, with 78 gold medals in the Summer Games.Now there's a dictatorial regime," the 76-year-old former fighter pilot told AFP.Having originally followed in his father's footsteps -- Blas Roca was a Marxist theorist and parliamentary president from 1976-81 -- the son grew disillusioned with the revolution.
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