Fidel Castro hailed at UN as iconic leader of 20th century

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By Admin Peršon, 21 December 2016

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. General Assembly called Fidel Castro "one of the 20th century's most iconic and influential leaders" at a memorial tribute to the late leader of the Cuban revolution who led his country for nearly 50 years.

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Peter Thompson told Tuesday's ceremony that for many people Castro "embodied the struggle of the global south for independence, justice and development."

He said Castro's "activism in pursuit of a fairer and more just world made him a symbol of resistance and inspiration to people across the world in Latin America, Africa and beyond."

Nearly 30 speakers representing various groups and countries addressed the 193-member world body — but there were no speakers from Western nations.

AP
By Admin Peršon, 21 December 2016

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