INTRODUCTION: President Fidel Castro of Cuba addressed a special rally in the Soviet port of Odessa on Sunday (1 March).
GV Audience applauding. (3 SHOTS)
SV Cuban President Fidel Castro speaking as the audience listens. (6 SHOTS)
LV Rostrum ZOOM INTO GV Mr. Castro. (2 SHOTS)
SV Opera house TILT DOWN TO audience applauding. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Fidel Castro of Cuba addressed a special rally in the Soviet port of Odessa on Sunday (1 March). He has been in the Soviet Union to attend the 26th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party.
SYNOPSIS: It was the second major speech Castro had made since coming to the Soviet Union. In Moscow he met with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev who assured him of Soviet support in the face of what he called "an Anti-Cuban campaign by U.S. imperialists".
President Castro told his audience that the Soviet Union was a fine example of democracy, because the delegates were acting on the will of the people.
He thanked the Soviet Union for its continuing support of Cuba. In his earlier speech to the Congress, Castro had condemned American support for the ruling junta in El Salvador, and said his country would not back down in the face of aggression. According to Soviet News Agency Tass, he accused imperialists of malicious lies against communist countries. He said they were trying to prove that events in Central America were not the result of the "rightful indignation" of the oppressed, but the result of international conspiracies.
He also denied that Cuba was sending arms to guerrillas in El Salvador. But according to the East German magazine Weltbuhne, published in East Berlin, liberation movements could expect aid from the Soviet block in whatever form and quantity they want.
The weekly magazine said that if it were not for the Soviet Union and other socialist states, most liberation struggles would be doomed to failure.
Mr. Castro received a warm response from the audience in Odessa.