Original caption: "Angel 'Grandfather' Urquiloa sits under Royal Trust Tower in hunger strike. SW 8th Street & 27th Ave." Shows Urquiloa sitting under a Cuban flag and other symbols of Cuba including a poster entitled "Cubano tu patria te necesita!"
Photo date stamped on back: April 11, 1980.
"34 true Cuban patriots ... are starving themselves as they say the thousands of their brothers and sisters trapped in the Peruvian Embassy in Havana are starving. ... 'I no work until I have an answer from the governments and from the world,' said 56-year-old Angel Urquiloa." -- Article by Jack Knarr in the Miami News, April 10, 1980, p. 4A.
In early April 1980, the Cuban government announced that anyone wishing to leave the country should go to the Peruvian Embassy. Within two days about 10,000 Cubans entered the grounds. On April 20, Castro announced that all who wished to leave could board boats at the port of Mariel. Thus began the Mariel Boatlift.
Cite as Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1995-277-3047.