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Bad weather forces postponement of Cuban Revolution celebration

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Havana, Jan 8 (EFE).- The official events on Wednesday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the entry into Havana of Fidel Castro and his caravan of rebels in 1959 had to be postponed due to bad weather and will take place on an as-yet-unspecified date, state media reported.

Officials said that because of the "weather situation" in the Cuban capital, where since the early morning rain associated with a cold front has been falling, all the scheduled activities have been postponed "for another date that will be announced in due course."

Authorities had scheduled for Wednesday a commemorative event that was to have been broadcast nationwide on live TV, along with a symbolic reenactment of the tour through the city made by Castro's guerrillas on Jan. 8, 1959.

The tour around the entire island by the so-called "Caravan of Freedom" after the triumph of the Revolution on Jan. 1, 1959, is commemorated each year with a similar procession in which teenagers, children and former combatants participate.

The caravan's entry into Havana is one of the main celebrations held amid the other events which have been under way since December to commemorate victorious uprising Castro led to topple the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

The 87-year-old Castro retired in 2006 due to illness and was relieved of his leadership duties by his younger brother, Raul Castro.

On Jan. 1, Raul Castro presided at a political event in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba commemorating the Revolution's 55th anniversary, but Fidel - who in recent years has only participated sporadically in public events in Havana - did not attend.

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