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Wed Nov 30, 2016, 06:44 AM

News of Castro death came by radio to his guerrilla hideout

News of Castro death came by radio to his guerrilla hideout

Karin Laub, Associated Press

Updated 4:35 pm, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

LA PLATA, Cuba (AP) Word of Fidel Castro's death reached our hiking group in a bunkhouse in the Sierra Maestra mountains, just a few miles from the jungle command center where Castro led his guerrilla war against a U.S.-backed government 60 years ago.

Our local guide got the news on a crackling two-way radio, our only link to the outside world, before dawn on Saturday, several hours after the Cuban leader's death in Havana. Castro had been ailing for several years and his death at the age of 90 did not come as a surprise.

But our guide, Jorge Garcia, age 39, was subdued. He had only known life under Castro, and from 2008 on under Castro's younger brother Raul.

"It is very difficult to know what will happen in the future," said Garcia, who at the age of 4 had met Castro.


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