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Fidel Castro’s death sparks celebrations on streets of Miami
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Subject Organization Full Text. Subject Person Full Text. Cuba at the time was apparently interested in improving relations with the United States and believed that Mr. With the approval of the Carter administration, Mr. Benes and a group of exiles began months of secret talks with Mr.
Castro and his aides. In face-to-face conversations in Havana, Mr. Benes recalled in interviews, he rebuked Mr. In an interview with The Miami Herald in , Mr.
Benes recalled that he told Mr. It is the only way to consolidate strength in a revolution. Benes and the negotiating team believed that they had persuaded Mr. Castro to make concessions that would please their fellow exiles in Miami. Castro agreed not only to release the 3, prisoners but also to let Cuban exiles return to visit their families.
But he swiftly faced condemnation for his actions, which stunned him. When he escorted 46 prisoners from Cuba to Miami in late October , exiles in Miami castigated him for starting a dialogue with the reviled Mr. Castro and pursuing warmer relations with Cuba.
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A photograph of him smoking a cigar with the dictator inflamed the opposition. And that censure proved unrelenting. His main business, the Continental National Bank of Miami, was picketed. He was assailed on the radio and on the street, labeled a Communist, a Castro agent and a fool. He received protection from bodyguards and the local police.
He wore a bulletproof vest for a few years. The vilification did not dampen his enthusiasm — at least not for a while. After the prisoner release, Mr.
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I think this is the biggest contribution to human rights and morality in a long time. He continued to try to improve relations between the United States and Cuba after Ronald Reagan became president. But in , his bank building in Little Havana was bombed , leaving two police officers injured. Omega 7, a militant anti-Castro group, claimed responsibility. In response, he shrank from public view and sold his share of the bank to his partner and childhood friend, Carlos Dascal, who had been part of the negotiations with the Cubans.
Yet even after the bombing, he said he continued to travel to Cuba to talk to Mr. In May , he believed he had reached a major immigration agreement, one that would have lifted the United States embargo of Cuba, Mr. Levine reported.