(five Sep 1998) Eng/Spanish/Nat

Cuban President Fidel Castro on compensated tribute to the victims of the 1976 Soweto uprising towards white rule in South Africa on Saturday.

Speaking in Soweto Castro spoke of how the small children who died in there and some others who ended up killed in the anti-apartheid fight did not give their life in vain.

On the 2nd working day of his two-working day condition take a look at to South Africa, Castro achieved nearby Communist get together leaders and customers of the nearby Cuban group, before heading on to talks with Deputy President Thabo Mbeki.

The black township of Soweto, exterior Johannesburg, played host to Fidel Castro on Saturday, on the 2nd working day of his two working day take a look at to Cuba.

seven hundred black men and women ended up killed right here in an uprising in 1976, and their pictures ended up posted all all-around the city.

Safety was limited for the Cuban leader’s take a look at, nevertheless that did not halt a large crowd from collecting to greet him.

Associates of the South Africa Communist get together executed a tribal dance as they waited for Castro to get there.

His initial endeavor at the time he arrived was to lay a wreath at a memorial for the victims of the uprising.

Hector Petersen, aged twelve, was the initial of hundreds of small children to be shot useless by law enforcement during a pupil uprising in the sprawling township in the 10 months of violence which started in June 1976.

Portraits of the 21 college small children who died during the 1976 Soweto uprising formed a stark and haunting backdrop to the podium from in which Castro was because of to make a speech.

Welcoming the Cuban chief, Gauteng Premier Mathole Motshekga added his voice to calls for the U-S trade embargo on Cuba to be lifted.

“Comrade Fidel, women and gentlemen, our place has joined several in the intercontinental group, such as Pope John Paul II, in calling for the rapid lifting of the embargo imposed by the United States of America on Cuba. We consider, as our President —
Nelson Mandela — has mentioned in the past, that each individual place has the ideal to decide the political and economic program of its personal preference.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Mathole Motshekga, Gauteng Premier

Castro likened the economic scenario in South Africa to that in Congo, declaring that Europe and the U-S ended up setting up to loot the place for its methods.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish with sequential English translation)
“I explained to you presently that when they come to your place you know what they are wanting for. Now there are those conflicts in Congo. Why? Why did (Patrice) Lumumba die? Why was he murdered. He was murdered since he wanted to defend his place and since Congo had heaps of gold and heaps of diamonds and heaps of platinum and heaps of methods.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Fidel Castro, Cuban President

Thus considerably, Castro’s take a look at has been marred by controversy, with some mainly white political functions boycotting his address to parliament on Friday.

He was expected to vacation to Pretoria on Saturday night to meet up with Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, before traveling house to Cuba.

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