• Short Summary

    To a cheering crowd of 400,000 people, Cuba's newly appointed President, Osvaldo Dorticas, announced July 26 at a public rally in Havana, that Fidel Castro had "decided to yield to public clamour for his return to Premiership." With Castro at his side President Dorticas led the ovation for the 32-year-old Premier who 'resigned' July 17 after ousting President Manuel Urrutia for "near-treason."
    Comprised mostly of straw batted peasants and farm workers, the crowd cheered themselves hoarse as Castro stood beaming down from a high balcony.

  • Description

    HAVANA, CUBA (JULY 26, 1959) (REUTERS)

    SV.PAN.Farmers enter Havana.
    TV. Farmers through streets.
    STV. Ditto.
    SV.PAN. Castro on to balcony waves to mass.
    TV.PAN. Huge crowds assembled below balcony.
    CU. Model of hands symbol of 26 July.
    SV. Dorticas asks crowd for acknowledgement of Castro.
    TV. Crowd.
    SV. pasted guard to crowds.
    SV. Castro waves.
    STV. Huge crowd waving back.
    TV.PAN. Crowd.

    Initials TDH/WS/CW
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
    Background: To a cheering crowd of 400,000 people, Cuba's newly appointed President, Osvaldo Dorticas, announced July 26 at a public rally in Havana, that Fidel Castro had "decided to yield to public clamour for his return to Premiership." With Castro at his side President Dorticas led the ovation for the 32-year-old Premier who 'resigned' July 17 after ousting President Manuel Urrutia for "near-treason."
    Comprised mostly of straw batted peasants and farm workers, the crowd cheered themselves hoarse as Castro stood beaming down from a high balcony. They had been pouring into Havana for the 26th of July celebration - the anniversary of the revolution that swept Fulgencio Batista from power.

    Adding to the clamour was the sound of clashing steel as the frenzied mob clashed their machettes together when Castro emotionally told them that from now on the "symbol of our revolution will be the machette", the long, sharp knife used for cutting sugar cane. Castro whipped up another ovation when he added that if his enemies should ever think of coming back to Cuba, "let them contemplate for just about five minutes on those machettes."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA150CLY0OPOCZ1UWJBBWGEA957
    Media URN:
    VLVA150CLY0OPOCZ1UWJBBWGEA957
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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