- Universal Newsreel
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- 1959 - 1960
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- Video Newsreel
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A crowd of hundreds of thousands stand outside Havana's Presidential Palace to support Fidel Castro's new government.
"Castro Orders Executions of Batista Loyalists." Universal Newsreel. 1 Jan. 1959. NBC Learn. Web. 5 September 2012.
(1959, January 1). Castro Orders Executions of Batista Loyalists. [Newsreel]. Universal Newsreel. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=1209
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"Castro Orders Executions of Batista Loyalists" Universal Newsreel, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 1959. Accessed Wed Sep 5 2012 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=1209
Castro Orders Executions of Batista Loyalists
NARRATOR: Outside Havana’s Presidential Palace, hundreds of thousands rally at the call of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who estimated their number at a million. Most of the throng wears the colors of Castro’s 26th of July movement. They are in an exultant mood, as the man who overthrew the Batista dictatorship calls on them to approve the public trials and executions of pro-Batista figures, guilty of war crimes and atrocities.
The executions, some 250 to date, have been widely criticized by many as too hasty and summery, even if justified. Says Castro, the Cuban Revolutionary Government has no reason to offer explanations to America or to anyone, except the people of Cuba. Castro asks his audience if it favors the summery court marshal. He gets his answer in a roar of approval. Cuba has spoken. Despite outside protests, the executions will continue.