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Young fan who dresses like Cuba's Fidel Castro meets his idol

Published on Aug 26, 2014 4:35 AM

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, Cuba (REUTERS) - All that's missing is the beard.

An eight-year-old Cuban boy who likes to dress up as Fidel Castro got to meet his idol after Cuba's 88-year-old retired leader invited him and his family to his Havana home for a chat.

"I felt a lot of emotion upon seeing Fidel," Marlon Mendez told Reuters on Monday from his home near Havana.

"The whole family hugged him. It was my dream to meet Fidel, and I did it... My mother was shaking."

Eight-year-old Marlon Mendez, who claims to be an admirer of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, poses in his military costume inside his bedroom that is adorned with pictures of Castro, in San Antonio de los Banos outside Havana City August 13, 2014. Marlon was invited to meet Castro after appearing on TV. -- PHOTO:  REUTERS
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