Under a basking sun, 100,000 Cubans massed outside the Presidential Palace in the centre of Havana, July 10, to learn in startled silence that their Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, was suffering from pneumonia and would not be able to appear before them.
Under a basking sun, 100,000 Cubans massed outside the Presidential Palace in the centre of Havana, July 10, to learn in startled silence that their Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, was suffering from pneumonia and would not be able to appear before them. The mass meeting, Dr. Castro's third public appearance in five days, was called to protest against the "American aggression" of reducing the Cuban sugar quota.
As a tanker carrying Russian oil - symbolic of the current situation - passed in the background, Works Minister Sanchez addressed the crowds from the Palace balcony. Earlier, Minister of Education Armando Hart, announcing Dr. Castro's in disposal, told them not to worry, "Fidel will recover".
The Cuban Premier had been expected to tell of his promised reprisal against the reduced sugar quota by confiscating more American property in the country. After the tired and diminishing crowd had waited for 6 hours, President Dorticos appeared to read a message from Soviet Premier Khruschev saying that Russian officials in Cuba had been instructed to open negotiations with the Government for the acquisition of the 700,000 tons sugar cut from the Cuban quota in the United States by President Eisenhower.
In an effort to isolate Cuba politically, and prevent her spreading Communism throughout Latin America, President Eisenhower, July 11, proposed a co-operative scheme to improve living conditions and develop democratic institutions in South America. Outlining the scheme at a press conference in Newport, Rhode Island, he said he would ask Congress for the money to support the plan. He said "Latin America is passing through a social and political transformation. Dictatorships are falling by the wayside".