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Castro Embraces Communism

Dec. 1, 1961 - Premier Fidel Castro sang the praises of Lenin today and proclaimed, “I absolutely believe in Marxism.” The Cuban leader’s assertion in a television broadcast was the frankest he has made in his swing toward communism. Castro, who strongly advocated democracy in leading the revolution that overthrew the dictatorship of Gen. Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, said his political thinking toward Marxism had developed since he came to power. “Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class,” Premier Castro said. Dr. Castro said his own revolutionary movement was the only one for Cuba — “there cannot be three or four movements.”


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