Defying imperialism from its backyard

Print edition : December 23, 2016

April 21, 1959: Fidel Castro waving a Cuban flag to greet supporters in New York, which he visited three months after toppling Fulgencio Batista. He also went to Washington, D.C. Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

1954: Carlos Castillo Armas at his headquarters in Esquipulas, Guatemala. An agent of the CIA, he led the coup it sponsored against the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz. Photo: The Hindu Archives

March 5, 1960: Cuban leaders in a funeral procession for the victims of an explosion on the Cuban ship La Coubre in the harbour in Havana, which the Cuban government blamed on a U.S. bomb attack. From left: Fidel Castro, Osvaldo Dorticos, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Defence Minister Augusto Martinez-Sanchez, Ecology Minister Antonio Nunez-Jimenez, the American William Morgan from Toledo, Ohio, and the Spaniard Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo. Photo: AP

April 1961: Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion, in which CIA-backed Cuban exiles were routed by Cuban forces and the armed population of the island nation. Photo: Raul Corrales/The Canadian Press/AP

May 1, 2001: Castro leading a march past the U.S. Interests Section's building in Havana on Labour Day. The building was the U.S. embassy before diplomatic relations were severed in 1961 and was reinstated as the embassy on August 14, 2015. Photo: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP

July 21, 2006: Castro with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at an event in Cordoba, Argentina. The rise of Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales provided a new fillip to Cuban ambitions. Photo: Roberto Candia/AP

Despite the sanctions the U.S. imposed on Cuba and the many attempts it made to get rid of Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution has not collapsed and Castro outlasted 11 U.S. Presidents.
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