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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

Mariel Boat Lift, 1980 (0:55)
Boats stream into Mariel after Castro opens the port to those seeking to flee Cuba.


(Title:)
WE HAVE ALSO
WITHDRAWN
OUR CUSTODY
OF THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA

The blockade is broken and Mariel is a forest of boats. As this footage was being filmed, on April 26 at ten o'clock in the morning, over a thousand craft from Florida entered the Port of Mariel.

There are no more heroes of imperialism. We will no longer guard Florida and we reaffirm, with dignity, that the revolution and socialism are the work of free men.





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