The Last Revolutionary; EXCLUSIVE HAVANA GOES WILD AS MILLIONS CELEBRATE FIDEL'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CASTRO'S CUBA 1956-2006

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The Last Revolutionary; EXCLUSIVE HAVANA GOES WILD AS MILLIONS CELEBRATE FIDEL'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CASTRO'S CUBA 1956-2006


Byline: ANDY LINES in Havana, Cuba

HAVANA is gearing up for the party to end all parties. Yet it's still not clear whether the guest of honour will turn up.

This afternoon more than 300,000 people will join a parade for Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Another two million are expected to line the capital's streets.

But as Cuba celebrates the anniversary of its revolution and Castro's belated 80th birthday, the president has not been seen in public for more than five months.

The US government suspects he has terminal cancer and at one stage rumours swept the country that he had died following an operation for an intestinal problem back in July.

It was exactly 50 years ago when Castro - with his closest friend Che Guevara - strode ashore from a tiny yacht off the eastern tip of the island and told a bewildered farmer: "I am Fidel Castro and I have come to liberate our country!" Neither man had a military background. Castro was then a lawyer and Guevara a doctor. But both were passionate about trying to help the "ordinary people". With only 12 survivors from the initial bloody confrontation with dictator General Fulgencio Batista's forces, they gathered support and, in just three years, over-threw the regime and transformed Cuba into a one-party socialist republic.

This famous revolution set in course a chain of events that led to the failed Bay Of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 by the US. And in 1962 the Cuban missile crisis brought the US and USSR to the brink of nuclear war.

It also led to clashes with eight American presidents from Kennedy through to George W Bush. It was recently revealed that the US authorised 638 assassination attempts on Castro's life - and never once got close.

Yet since his illness Fidel has only appeared in official TV footage and photos to prove he is still alive.

He released a statement earlier this week apologising for not being able to make an engagement at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana. …

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