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    The World Festival of Youth opened in the Cuban capital of Havana on Friday (28 July) with 20-thousand young people from some 140 countries taking part.

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    The World Festival of Youth opened in the Cuban capital of Havana on Friday (28 July) with 20-thousand young people from some 140 countries taking part.

    SYNOPSIS: The main ceremony took place in Havana's main baseball stadium, two days after the anniversary of when the Cuban Revolutionaries took power, in 1959.

    The leader of that Revolution, Fidel Castro, watched the opening ceremonies -- which took some six hours. Among his guests was the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation Yasser Arafat.

    There were many distinguished guests at the opening ceremonies, representing mainly left wing and Communist groups. This year, there were representatives from non-aligned countries and European Social Democrats. Also attending the ceremonies was Mr. Hortense Allende widow of the assassinated Head of State of Chile, Salvador Allende. The opening ceremonies reached their climax at night the Cuba's double Olympic Gold medal athlete Alberto Juantorena lighting the `Flame of Friendship'. Women are to play larger part in this year's Festival with topics for discussion during the nine days' festival including such things as `Women's Liberation'.

    Following the flame lighting ceremony, a brilliant fireworks display lit the Cuban night. There have been some reports that the Festival's representation is unbalanced, however, to off-set this it is also reported that each country's youth organisations are free to choose their delegations.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVACSDZ4OM8W9NZ3GJFPMSCTAW9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
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