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Memories of man behind Castro's "Granma" yacht

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 01:18

The Mexico City gun dealer who helped Fidel Castro set sail for revolution in Cuba remembers his old friend. Paul Chapman reports.

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The yacht which brought Fidel Castro and a band of insurgents to launch a revolution in Cuba is kept in a glass case in a Havana Museum. The man who supplied the Granma and packed it with weapons was Mexico City gun dealer Antonio Del Conde. News of Castro's death came exactly 60 years to the day he and more than 80 armed followers packed into the vessel and set sail from the Mexican city of Tuxpan for Cuba. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) ANTONIO DEL CONDE SAYING: "We prepared the expedition in my boat, the Granma yacht, and just yesterday in Tuxpan we celebrated the Granma's voyage of 60 years ago. I asked for a round of applause for the commander Fidel Castro. We all stood up and applauded." Castro and his insurgents including Che Guevara reached Cuba a week later where they were ambushed on arrival. Despite the turn of events the country's U.S-backed dictator was overthrown in 1959. Cuba's started nine days of national mourning for Castro who died on Friday at the age of 90.

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Memories of man behind Castro's "Granma" yacht

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 01:18