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Castro's niece visits Liberty Bell

on May 04, 2013 10:30 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The niece of Fidel Castro says she believes Cuba and the U.S. will have normal relations one day but she doesn’t know when.

Mariela Castro spoke in Spanish through an interpreter Friday in Philadelphia after visiting the Liberty Bell.

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro is visiting the city to take part in a gay rights conference today. The U.S. State Department had initially denied Castro permission to attend the event, but relented earlier this week.

She is Cuba’s most prominent gay rights activist. Critics say she is a shill for her family’s repressive communist regime.

Initially her bid to take part in the conference and visit Philadelphia had been denied by the U.S. State Department. After the Liberty Bell, Castro visited Independence Hall.

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