"Castro speech canceled in Argentina"

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Tue May 27 09:13:22 MDT 2003


The article Walter posted must be an early version of the article. The local
Knight-Ridder paper, the San Jose Mercury News, has the same version online,
but its PRINT edition today carries the following, evidently updated, lead:

"Cuban leader Fidel Castro delivered his first speech in Argentina on Monday
night, after his planned speech in an auditorium at the University of Buenos
Aires' law school was cancelled after supporters broke through security,
creating pandemonium.

"Instead, Castro spoke for more the 2 1/2 hours to a crowd of more than
10,000 on the steps of the law school. The speech was carried live on
Argentine television.

"Castro spent a substantial portionof his speech railing against the United
States and its economic embargo.

"Castro choked up at the beginning of his speech, moved by the spontaneous
gathering for what was an unusual event in his lengthy rule. Castro normally
does not address people of another nation, reserving his speeches for the
United Nations and other international forums.

"But Argentina holds a special significance for Castro. During the Cold War,
U.S. backed right-wing military dictators are believed to have killed
between 10,000 and 30,000 leftists and other political opponents in the
1970s and 1980s in what Argentines call the 'Dirty War.'

"Argentina is the homeland of Castro's fellow revolutionary Ernesto 'Che'
Guevara.

"Earlier, supporters of Castro overran security to pack a university
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 thehall and cancel the
speech for security reasons."

The article continues with material from the earlier version.

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