Cuban President Fidel Castro paid a five-day visit to Jamaica this week. But the visit?
CU Cuban President Fidel Castro on platform facing Jamaicans
SV Michael Manley, Jamaican Prime Minister finishes speech and is embraced by Castro
GV Crowd listening to speech, being watched by security guards (3 shots)
SV Castro speaking
SV Crowd listening
SCU Castro speaking in Spanish
SV & CU Castro and Manley surrounded by crowd (2 shots)
FRANCIS: "Castro's visit to Jamaica has rekindled the political turmoil which last year racked this island nation. The debate is over the leadership of the Prime Minister, Michael Manley, and whether or not he is leading Jamaica towards Communism. Manley, who is Castro's closest ally in the Caribbean, has told his people he is building a democratic socialist state but during last year's election that philosophy provoked violence -- one hundred people were killed, it scared away the American tourist, and ruined the country's economy. In a speech yesterday, Castro went out of his way to defend Manley. He said he would never interfere in Jamaica's internal affairs, but at the same time he painted a rosy picture of Communist life in Cuba for his poor Jamaican audience. And he took a slap at the United States."
CASTRO: "The fascist economic blockade, military aggressions, and they forced our country to a lot of sacrifices. Well, our country, ... our people ... in fact people, like this one right in front of us, people like you, who jump, talk, even shoot- and want."
"Castro may give the Jamaicans ideas bit he can't give them what they need the most, money to rebuild the tourism industry."
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Background: Cuban President Fidel Castro paid a five-day visit to Jamaica this week. But the visit was boycotted by the opposition, and news of the intended visit was only announced two days beforehand. This, said Jamaican Prime Minister, Michael Manley, was for security reasons. However, the opposition say Prime Manley was using the Castro visit for party political advantages. During his visit President Castro addressed a rally of more than 100,000 Jamaicans on Monday (17 October). A report from Fred Francis of the National Broadcasting Company Incorporated.