Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fidel Photos Published. Happy Birthday Fidel!


This is one of four photographs published Sunday Aug. 13, 2006 by Cuba's Communist Youth newspaper's online edition Juventud Rebelde proporting to show The first photographs of Fidel Castro since his illness two weeks ago. Castro holds a copy of the Saturday Aug. 12, 2006 edition of Granma, the Communist Party newspaper. The headline reads "Absolved by history." The Associated Press cannot verify the authenticity or the date when these photographs were shot. (AP Photo/HO) (Foto: Estudios Revolución)

ABC News Story

By ANITA SNOW

HAVANA Aug 13, 2006 (AP)— The first photographs of Fidel Castro since his illness two weeks ago were published Sunday in Cuba's Communist Youth newspaper with a statement by the Cuban leader saying on his 80th birthday "I feel very happy."

"For all those who care about my health, I promise to fight for it," said the statement attributed to Castro in Juventud Rebelde newspaper.

"To the people of Cuba, infinite gratitude for your loving support. The country is marching on and will continue marching on perfectly well."

The online edition of the newspaper also published four photographs of Castro wearing what looked like a white and red running suit. In two of them he is talking on the telephone and in another is showing a copy of the Saturday edition of Granma, the Communist Party newspaper.

On Saturday, Granma carried a report saying that Castro was walking and talking again, and even working a bit in the most optimistic report yet since intestinal surgery forced him to step aside as president.

Fidel Castro said his condition during his recovery would be treated as a "state secret," so as not to give any advantage to his enemies in the United States.

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More Photos from Juventud Rebelde





Fotos: Estudios Revolución


Happy Birthday Fidel!

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Text from Juventud rebelde:

Me siento muy feliz

Al arribar a sus 80 años de edad, el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro envía mensaje alentador sobre su estado de salud, que ha mejorado considerablemente. Asegura que el país marcha perfectamente bien

* A todos los que desearon mi salud, les prometo que lucharé por ella

Correo: digital@jrebelde.cip.cu

13 de agosto de 2006 00:18:57 GMT

Queridos compatriotas y amigos de Cuba y del resto del mundo:

Ya hoy día 13 he arribado a los 80 años de edad.

Decir que la estabilidad objetiva ha mejorado considerablemente no es inventar una mentira. Afirmar que el período de recuperación durará poco y que no existe ya riesgo alguno, sería absolutamente incorrecto.

Les sugiero a todos ser optimistas, y a la vez estar siempre listos para enfrentar cualquier noticia adversa.

Al pueblo de Cuba, infinita gratitud por su cariñoso apoyo. El país marcha y seguirá marchando perfectamente bien.

A mis compañeros de lucha, eterna gloria por resistir y vencer al imperio, demostrando que un mundo mejor es posible.

Hoy, 13 de agosto, me siento muy feliz.

A todos los que desearon mi salud, les prometo que lucharé por ella.

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