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Cuban Revolution

Published: 1959
Play UPI Radio 1959
Fidel Castro (L), leader of the "26th July" revolutionary group which ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon following talks in Washington April 19, 1959. (UPI Photo/FILE)
Announcer: Let's start the record of the year with an event still in the world's headlines: the revolution in Cuba; UPI reporter Charles Schuman, the time: last January. He speaks calmly to New York from a phone booth in Havana.

Charles Schuman: "The situation in Havana at the moment is this. The city is paralyzed by a general strike. All stores are closed. People are unable to buy food. The job of policing the city has been taken over by Fidel Castro's militia. These are young men who have been underground in Havana ever since the revolution was on and who came out, who emerged yesterday after Batista had abdicated."

Announcer: A short time later, the bearded Castro, victorious but uneasy, came to the United States and explained his revolution in an English alien to his Spanish tongue.

Fidel Castro: "I know the world thinks of us, we are Communists, and of course I have said very clear that we are not Communists; very clear."

© 1959 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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