Activities of anti-Batista revolutionaries, including Fidel Castro and Che Guevera, in Cuba
Cuba Date:1957 Duration:5 min 42 sec Sound:Yes
Cuban President Fulgenci Batista greets visiting officials as they enter the Presidential Palace in Havana. Armed soldiers guard the entrance way and an antiaircraft gun is seen on the sidewalk. Street scenes of armed conflict March 13, 1957, as a group of university students storms the Presidential Palace intent on executing dictator Fulgencio Batista. People scurrying for cover as armed police engage the attackers on downtown streets. Police armored personnel carrier sits in the street. A truck full of armed police reinforcements arrives. Ambulance drives on street. A policeman carries a wounded woman. Bullet holes in windows. A person killed in the conflict. Scene shifts to a rural area where a jeep drives along a dirt road past a revolutionary sentry. Several revolutionaries from Venuezela and other Latin American countries are seen along with Cubans, in the company of Fidel Castro, who converses with them. On July 30, 1957, a funeral is held in Santiago de Cuba, for revolutionary, Frank Pais, assassinated by police. People crowd the street as his coffin is carried out of the church.They shout "venganza," (revenge). Elsewhere, police stand over the bodies of killed revolutionaries. Scenes of people meeting and grieving. Revolutionaries in the bush country of Oriente province. They ride horses. Che Guevara seen with them working with arms and explosives. Burning building and damage resulting from attacks by Batista forces. Castro with revolutionaries organizing in Oriente. Che Guevera instructing in use of arms and explosives. Revolutionaries unleashing heavy gunfire at Bastista forces. A revolutionaries hospital treating a wounded member. Open fire fights between Bastista forces and Castro revolutionaries.
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