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Guantanamo / Naval Base / Cuba #444115

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 10, 1969
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(Studio) United States still has naval base, Guantanamo, on Cuba. Cubans often try to escape there; some killed recently.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Guantanamo, Cuba) 2 sets of fences, Cuban and American encircle base. Castro tried to force Navy out 5 years ago by cutting off water. No troubles since. 10,000 work within Guantanamo's 45-mi. area. Base self-sufficient. 400 Cuban workers let through gate each day. No new Cubans rehired; Jamaicans hired. Over 100 employees live in exile on base. [Rodolfo NUNEZ - same conditions here as outside; family here. This is home for me.] Guantanamo is Cuba's West Berlin. United States guards ordered not to fire, so refugees can climb United States fences. 1,000 came to Guantanamo last year [Rear Admiral J.B. HILDRETH - reports they are humane to refugees. Voluntary exiles have cntry.: Guantanamo Bay.] Cuban workers return home at end of day.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(Studio) Truce exists between naval base and rest of Cuba.

Huntley, Chet;
Kiker, Douglas

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