• Short Summary

    In Havana, Cuba, May 21, more than 3,000 relatives of prisoners, taken by the Cuban Government forces in the attempted invasion of Cuba last month, embraced them - sons, husbands, fathers - for the first time since their capture, May 21.

  • Description

    In Havana, Cuba, May 21, more than 3,000 relatives of prisoners, taken by the Cuban Government forces in the attempted invasion of Cuba last month, embraced them - sons, husbands, fathers - for the first time since their capture, May 21.

    The captives, hungry for news of Cuban Premier Castro's "tractors for prisoners" offer were given 20 minutes with their families. Many prisoners and their children wept at the reunion.

    In the U.S. while Cuban rebel organisation and leading U.S. citizens raised funds to buy tractors to barter for the prisoners, Premier Castro changed his ransom demand at an impromptu speech at a public rally in Havana. He said rather than tractors he wanted Cuban "political prisoners" gaoled in the U.S.

    He also threatened to put every invasion prisoner before the firing squads of the revolutionary courts in Cuba, despite an earlier assurance of putting them only to work to earn their daily bread - "building trenches and fortifications".

    The Cuban Premier cited one historic precedent for his "tractors for prisoners" offer. - "Once, Spain traded Napoleon's soldiers for pigs", he said. He made no mention of the attempts of nazi Germany to trade Jewish hostages for Allied trucks as defeat approached in world war two.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAELS7KFQK6SSFBZC68F6N77C2S
    Media URN:
    VLVAELS7KFQK6SSFBZC68F6N77C2S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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