Hugo and Fidel's First Speech

On December 14, 1994 Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro met at Havana University. It was the encounter of two personalities, Fidel and his extraordinary qualities as a speaker; Chavez a Lieutenant-colonel, recently released from prison for a failed coup attempt against Carlos Andres Perez's unpopular government two years before.

They had met the day before, when Fidel waited for him at the Jose Marti international airport. However, both already shared a vision: a united, free and independent Latin America.