#soscuba - The Cuban Freedom Fighters' New Weapon of Peace
So why are so many people hashtagging #soscuba right now? Because of the many millions if not billions of Cubans and Cuban-Americans that have been impacted by the atrocities and crimes committed by the Castro regime since 1958 - for over 62 years! But the Cuban people's pursuit for freedom and independence started long before Castro marched down the Sierra Maestra mountains in 1958. The fact remains that the Cuban people - or the Mambises - have been crying out for freedom and fighting for independence for almost their entire existence; let's see how many years it's been exactly.
Though Cuba's first war against officially started in 1868, documented efforts by Cubans to cease from the Spanish Crown and live freely started long before that; between 1809-10 a western seperatist rebelion group emerged from the Cuban Creole aristocracy and one of its members drafted Cuba's very first Constitution, official declaring it a sovereign state. But they didn't win their independence from Spain until 1902. They had fight for independence for at least 90 years. Now add those 90 years to the 62 years of the current Communist regime and one can accurately say that the Cuban people have been fighting and crying for freedom for the better part of 150 years! Of course there were more cries during the 57-year republic period in between as it was marked with political upheavals and economic strife, socialist dictators, and the occasional coup d'état; but I will leave that count unaccounted in my tally.
The Cuban people have been fighting for freedom for so long, they even named themselves after their fight for independence back in 1868. The Cubans are the Mambises - the freedom fighters. The name was first given to the insurgents led by the defected Spanish Officer, Juan Ethninius Mamby, in the Dominican fight for independence of 1844 - referring to them as "the men of Mamby" or "Mambies." When those same Spanish soldiers were assigned to fight the insurgents in Cuba 22 years later in Cuba's first war of independence of 1868, the derogatory Spanish slur "Mambises" was proudly adopted by the Cuban opposition.