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Castro marks 50 years of "neighbourhood watch"

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Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro has marked the 50th anniversary of the start of his war of ideas with the United States.

To celebrate the occasion he recited the speech he made when he announced the creation of the Revolutionary Civil Defence Committees – community groups that monitor the streets and prevent sabotage against his fledgling communist government.

For one Paraguayan tourist, hearing the address again was an historic moment: “It’s truly part of Latin American history and you have to see it to believe it.”

Meanwhile, three more Cuban political prisoners are set to be released this week.

Alfredo Felipe Fuentes, Fidel Suarez Cruz and Julio Pina Borrego have all agreed to be sent to Spain.

The trio were detained during a crackdown on dissent and given lengthy jail terms.