Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro told a massive rally of Algerians on Tuesday (May?
Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro told a massive rally of Algerians on Tuesday (May 17) that Cubans were "ready to fight with the Vietnamese people against Yankee imperialism."
Addressing the eve-of-departure rally at the end of his ten-day visit there during a nine-nation, two-month tour, Dr. Castro said Cuba gained its independence "fighting against Yankee imperialism". Now, he said, the Vietnamese people had died for Cubans, Algerians and Africans.
After the rally, attended by an estimated fifty-thousand people, groups of students ran through the streets shouting "Nixon assassin". On his departure the following day for Sofia in Bulgaria, a joint statement signed by Dr. Castro and Algerian President Houari Boumedienne denounced the United States' mine blockade of North Vietnamese ports.
Dr. Castro's successful visit to Algeria, meanwhile, is reported to have healed discord between the two countries which had existed since Colonel Boumedienne came to power in 1965. At the time, Dr. Castro attacked what he called "the guerrillas of the military coup and their instigators". But during his visit to Algeria, President Boumedienne paid Dr. Castro the unprecedented compliment of accompanying him throughout a five-day tour of Algeria's industrial installations.
Dr. Castro's visit to Bulgaria marks the beginning of a six-week tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. He had arrived in Algeria from Guinea, the start of his longest absence from Cuba since he came to power here.