Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro visited the northern Chile port of Antofagasta on Friday, (12 November), the fourth day of an extensive tour of Latin America's second socialist nation.
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Background: Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro visited the northern Chile port of Antofagasta on Friday, (12 November), the fourth day of an extensive tour of Latin America's second socialist nation.
Dr. Castro was beginning a "meet the people" tour of the rich mining region of Northern Chile. He talked to local mine workers during his stay, and to students at the local university.
SYNOPSIS: Cuban Prime Minister, Dr. Fidel Castro visited the northern Chile port of Antofagasta on Friday, the fourth day of an extensive tour of Chile so far marked by his moderate tone and reserved stance. Since his arrival in Latin America's second socialist nation on Wednesday, the bearded hero of the continent's revolutionaries has not used the fiery language he is noted for in speeches to his own people.
His arrival in this industrial city of 150,000 people marked the beginning of a tour of the rich mining region of northern Chile. But although he was for from the capital, Dr. Castro was still accorded the formal honours due to him.
Dr. Castro began his visit to Chile on the first anniversary of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba shortly after Marxist President Salvador Allende came to power.
Later he told University students at the local University that he had not come to Chile to teach revolution, and that he did not consider himself an expert on the subject. Dr. Castro also toured copper, coal and nitrate mines in the area, taking every opportunity to meet the workers.