"Castro speech canceled in Argentina"

Walter Lippmann walterlx at enet.cu
Tue May 27 11:48:09 MDT 2003

I sent this out last night not long after
Fidel's "cancelled" speech concluded.
Fidel's text will appear in Spanish in
tomorrow's papers. It's not published
in today's editions. Sometimes these
things just don't get posted for what-
ever reasons I do not understand.


Sent: Monday, May 26, 2003 11:55 PM
Subject: "Castro speech canceled in Argentina"

(This headline will have to go along
with "Dewey Defeats Truman" in the
annals of capitalistic journalism and
its reportorial accuracy. THIS is the
very "freedom of the press" which
the United States wants to impose
on Cuba and the rest of the planet.

(Mark Twain said in the nineteenth
century that a lie can get halfway
around the world while the truth is
getting its boots on. Twain didn't
have internet access, since that
technology didn't exist at the time.

(We do have it, and we can use it
to correct the lies almost as soon
as they are uttered. Consider:

(A short time ago I finished watching the
all three Cuban stations, taken LIVE
from Argentine television, in which
Fidel spoke for OVER TWO HOURS
LIVE, to a chilled audience in front of
the Faculty of Law at the University
of Buenos Aires.

(Thousands of Argentinians listened
and cheered as the leader of Cuba's
Revolution spoke in great detail on
a wide range of topics, from NAFTA,
to comparisons of the US elections
to the Cuban ones, US educational
deficits to Cuban progress, and lots
more. No doubt the Spanish text is
going to appear in the Cuban media
tomorrow and the English will appear
shortly thereafter. He said that the
country's recent election struck a
great blow against neoliberalism,
supported the anti-globalization
movements and called on listeners
to use the internet to get out the
truth about political and social life,
its challenges and its solutions.)

Posted on Mon, May. 26, 2003
Castro speech canceled in Argentina

By Kevin G. Hall
Knight Ridder Newspapers

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thousands of Argentine supporters
of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro broke through security Monday
night, creating pandemonium and forcing authorities to
cancel Castro's first speech in Argentina.

The University of Buenos Aires Law School was slated to host
Castro's speech in the homeland of fellow revolutionary
Ernesto "Che" Guevarra. Authorities late Monday were trying
to arrange for Castro to address the country via a televised

Supporters of Castro overran security to overflow an
auditorium beyond double its 3,200-seat capacity. People
fainted and were trampled in the chaotic confusion.
There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries, but
authorities decided to evacuate the hall and cancel the
speech for security reasons.

Castro is in Argentina to participate the inauguration of
President Nester Kirchner, the country's sixth president in
18 months, who was sworn in on Sunday. Kirchner, a
center-left politician, has called for greater ties among
nations in Latin America, and he has vowed to defend jobs
and industry in Argentina, which has suffered through five
years of recession. Half of Argentina's 36.2 million
population is at or below the poverty line.

Castro twice has visited Argentina since seizing power in
Cuba in 1959, but this was to be his first address to the
nation and a rare one for the Cuban leader.

Castor has been cheered throughout his visit, including
during a meeting Monday with the new president at the Casa
Rosada (Pink House), the executive office of the Argentine
president. As he left the meeting, he was greeted with
shouts of "Viva Fidel!" and "We're with Cuba!"

Castro was a frequent critic of U.S.-backed free market
policies that were heartily adopted by Argentina in the
1990s. But with election of a center-left Argentine
president emphasizing social justice, Castro felt the time
was right to address Argentina.

Average Argentines greeted Castro like a rock star. "Utopia
never dies, " said Nora Alvarez, a photographer who arrived
to the Plaza de Mayo without her camera to see Castro.

Although the United States has tried to isolate Cuba in
Latin America, elections of left-leaning presidents in
Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Argentina have
won Castro political support he has not enjoyed for a

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