• Short Summary

    Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, continuing an extensive tour of Chile, visited salt and copper mines in the stark desert regions of the north over the weekend (13-14 November).

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    Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, continuing an extensive tour of Chile, visited salt and copper mines in the stark desert regions of the north over the weekend (13-14 November).

    The Cuban leader was in a relaxed and yet animated mood when he held a two-hour debate with students at the local university and addressed a mass rally in Antofagasta. He frequently joked with the students during the question and answer session, and debated strongly in his first major dialogue with Chileans since arriving in the country.

    On Sunday (14 November), Premier Castro was welcomed by over 30,000, people -- almost the entire population of the Andean copper-mining town of Chuquicamata -- when he arrived to visit a recently-nationalised copper mine. He inspected American-built dumper trucks, and warned mine officials to stockpile spare parts, in case of an economic blockade by the United States.

    In the countryside, the volatile Fidel caught fire. At a meeting of university students in Antofagasta, he was the legendary Castro. He joked with students and promised an exchange of impressions with the students and then spent two hours reminiscing about his past. The students loved it. At a mass rally in the same town, a different side of the Castro style appeared. With a less educated audience, he was more of a benevolent father than a doctor of laws. He wore a Chilean poncho over his fatigues, a bit of local colour popular with the crowd. When the crowd began chanting, Castro frequently picked up the chant, but when the chants became anti-American, Castro for some reason did not join in. Content to listen and nod his approval. A third Castro appeared with the nitrate workers of (indistinct). The energetic man of action.After talking with scores of workers and giving around seven hours of speeches, Castro still seemed full of enthusiasm and force. Here he asked for soft drink, and when he was given a Coco-Cola, Castro said, the Americans say this is made from a secret formula, but we make it anyway, and better. Castro;'s next stop was Chuquicamata, the world's largest open-pit copper mine, until this year run by Anaconda. The Cuban Premier showed great interest in these American-made over-moving trucks. He asked, what other countries manufacture similar vehicles. When told that they are made only in the United States, he urged the mine management to keep plenty of spare parts on hand in case of an economic blockade.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACSDZ3CTUD7KY8YY9NLMM7RAUL
    Media URN:
    VLVACSDZ3CTUD7KY8YY9NLMM7RAUL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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