Cuban Premier Fidel Castro reviewed a parade of several thousand of his 'peoples army', March 27, at Camp Libertad air base.
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Background: Cuban Premier Fidel Castro reviewed a parade of several thousand of his 'peoples army', March 27, at Camp Libertad air base. Having left his sick-bed to attend, Castro told a 50,000-strong crowd of militia men and women, students and peasants that his armies would fight to the death any aggression against Cuba organised by business interests in USA.
Fidel's brother Raul also attacked North America, charging that only 'big business' interests are against the present Cuban Government.
The militia army, raised last October, includes girl-soldiers, who carry arms.
Premier Castro, commenting on the 1954 conflict in Guatemala when the left-wing government was overthrown, said; "The people of Guatemala were defenceless. Any invader here will have to fight against workers, peasants and students of the whole nation."
He told the cheering throng that his army was not instructed by a United States military mission as was that of deposed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. One of the Castro's first steps after gaining power last year was to ask for the removal of the US military advisers.