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Ecuadorean writer hails Fidel Castro as great leader of 20th century

Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday Special, Part I
Ecuadorean writer hails Fidel Castro as great leader of 20th century
Ecuadorian writer and international analyst Patricio Falconi has been known for his documentary work entitled Crossroads for Central America.
You might not know that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro once inspired him on writing this book.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Patricio Falconi, Ecuadorian writer and international analyst
“My first book was begun in the office of Commander Fidel Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. Fidel Castro told me to write down everything I saw, the good and the bad alike, as it would give me credibility, moral strength and confidence about the people. We talked at length for about five hours, practically from midnight until dawn.”
As miracle had it, Patricio Falconi happened to be one of the celebrities to join the 62th birthday party of Fidel Castro in 1988 in the capital city of Ecuador.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Patricio Falconi, Ecuadorian writer and international analyst
“I must mention that I once attended Fidel Castro’s birthday party in Quito, on August 13, 1988, at the house of famous Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamin. … I welcomed the commander to the city of Quito, along with the official band of the city of Quito. Castro had brought several cases of rum and gave them modestly to the musicians of the municipal band, shaking their hands.”
As Fidel Castro turns 90 years old on August 13 this year, Patricio Falconi’s memory and admiration for this legendary revolutionary just became ever fervent and effervescent.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Patricio Falconi, Ecuadorian writer and international analyst
“Fidel Castro is a great leader of the 20th century, alongside Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Mao Zedong and John F. Kennedy. The figure of Fidel Castro remains very important for the world at his age of 90. Fidel Castro is part of history, for socialist countries as well as for the United States, since he has influenced that country from Havana. He has also been recognized and praised by poorest Americans and minorities.”

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