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Sunday, 4 December 2016

“Viva Fidel!” Castro’s Ashes Interred in Santiago de Cuba

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On Sunday, nine days of mourning and a four-day procession across the country ended in eastern Cuba, as they laid Fidel Castro to rest next to independence hero José Martí. Crowds lining the streets of Santiago de Cuba (Cuba’s second-biggest city) shouted “Viva Fidel!” and “I am Fidel!” as a camouflage-green hearse made its way to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the resting place of numerous national figures, where a tomb had been secretly constructed during the past months. Artillery fired a 21-gun salute as the ashes, in an urn wrapped in the Cuban flag, disappeared beyond the gates of the cemetery. They didn’t televise the ceremony, and they didn’t allow journalists inside. The 500-mile journey from Havana, where Castro (who led his country for 49 years) died on 25 November, was a reverse of his 1959 march on Havana that ended with Castro assuming control of the island. Reportedly, Fidel himself planned every aspect of the procession before his death at the age of 90, including the night the hearse spent outside the mausoleum of Che Guevara. The public display of mourning culminated on Saturday night, when his brother, 85-year-old Raúl Castro, delivered a speech on a square in Santiago packed with tens of thousands of Cubans, many of whom were crying. Castro, who assumed full control of Cuba in 2008, following a series of medical setbacks to his brother said:

The unconquered Fidel calls us with his example. We’ll overcome any obstacle, turmoil, or threat in the building of socialism in Cuba.

An assembly of current and former world leaders, including Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Brazilian ex-presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff looked on, or addressed the crowd. Raúl Castro announced that they’d name no places after Fidel, and erect no monuments to him, since “the leader of the revolution strongly opposed any manifestation of cult of personality”.

4 December 2016

RT

 https://www.rt.com/news/369154-fidel-cuba-funeral-santiago/

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