Pro-Castro demonstrations have occurred in a number of Latin American cities in condemnation of alleged United States aggression against Cuba.
Pro-Castro demonstrations have occurred in a number of Latin American cities in condemnation of alleged United States aggression against Cuba. Two such demonstrations took place in Mexico City and Guatemala City on April 19.
In Mexico City, groups numbering about 1,500 gathered tin and Zocalo, the huge central square, to listen to anti-American speakers. One told them "If the United States wants to attack Cuba, it must declare open war, but it should not use weak people for attacking a weak people". Later, in the evening about 25,000 people marched through the city and staged a protest rally near the American Embassy. Demonstrators also burn the Mexican-American cultural institute in Morelia.
Two thousand demonstrators marched on the United States Embassy in Guatemala City, but troops and police broke up the march with tear gas and truncheons. The demonstrators earlier burnt a picture of President Kennedy.
Mexico is sponsoring on of two Latin American resolutions on Cuba in the United Nations political committee. Its draft would have the Assembly appeal urgently to all states to ensure that their territories and resources are not used to promote a civil war in Cuba, and urged them to put an end to any activity that might result in further bloodshed.