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Anti-American Protests, 1960Bay of Pigs Aftermath, 1961New School Inauguration, 1971Castro Visits the U.S.S.R., 1972Queue of Asylum-Seekers, 1980Mariel Boat Lift, 1980

Anti-American Protests, 1960 (1:51)
Protestors carry coffins through Havana to protest against American companies in Cuba.

The people celebrate the nationalization of imperialist monopolies, and a weeklong outpouring of public joy is spontaneously organized.

Citizens rejoice as they march through the streets with coffins which, they say, contain the bad seed of those diabolical companies engaged in exploitation. Gleeful wakes like these are organized in several parts of Havana.

The coffins are carried to the seafront in rhythmic conga lines and tossed into the sea in a northerly direction.

The "companies" should now be referred to as "used to be known as."

The crowds sing revolutionary songs about the freedom and equality now enjoyed in Cuba. "There it goes," says the crowd every time a coffin lands in the water.

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