A tourist looks at a quote by Fidel Castro explaining in Spanish, “Why we say homeland or death,” at the entrance of a restaurant in Havana.
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White-haired, thin and bent at nearly 90, Fidel Castro in person is a faint echo of the man who remade his country, defied the United States and fueled socialist uprisings around the world.After a decade out of the public eye, Fidel Castro has surged back in the run-up to his Aug. 13 birthday as the inspiration for Cubans who want to maintain strict communist orthodoxy in Cuba in the face of mounting pressures to loosen political control and allow more private enterprise.The peak of Castro's return to public prominence came April 19 at the closing session of the "Cuban Communist Party's 7th Congress".During 47 years in power, Fidel was a constant presence for Cubans but prohibited the statues, portraits and other tributes beloved by other total leaders.Fidel is now mentioned by hardliners in the same breath as Jose Marti, the 19th century poet and revolutionary fighter whose status is similar to that of the founding fathers in the U.S.
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