Meeting Fidel Castro

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Duration: 45 minutes

Fidel Castro takes a group of journalists around Cuba, touring the places and meeting the people changed by the revolution. Among the scenes are reminders of the recent attempt to topple him. Later, BBC reporter Robin Day secures an interview with Castro, who chooses to speak to him directly in English rather than through an interpreter, revealing some of his ideals and stating that he is a socialist, not a communist. (1961)

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Mon 26 Jun 1961 19:55 BBC Television Service

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    Bahia de Cochinos, or the Bay of Pigs, was made famous by a CIA-backed invasion by Cuban exiles, who landed there on 17 April 1961. Among the pilots of the bombers that were deployed were former members of the Batista regime. Two days later, however, the exiles were defeated during a battle in which hundreds were killed or wounded. Reportedly, 1,200 were taken prisoner.
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Robin Day
Fidel Castro


  • Mon 26 Jun 1961 19:55 BBC Television Service

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