In Cuba begins a series of events marking the parting with the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, who passed away on Friday, November 25, at the age of 90 years, according to Telesurtv.
According to the decision of a specially formed Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist party of Cuba and government of the organization of the funeral, Monday at 09:00 (17:00 Moscow time) the ashes of Castro will be exhibited in the memorial complex named after Jose Marti in the revolution Square of Havana.
The body of Castro, according to his will, was cremated on Saturday, November 26, in the presence of a narrow circle of people. the visitation will continue on Monday until 22:00 and will continue on Tuesday from 09:00 to 12:00.
In addition, on 28 and 29 November from 09:00 to 22:00 1060 places in localities across the country, including the capital Havana, the entire island will get “the opportunity to pay homage and leave their signatures under a solemn oath of allegiance to the concept of revolution” proposed by the historical leader.
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The apogee of the celebration, according to TASS, on Tuesday at 19:00 will be a rally on revolution Square, where Fidel Castro made many of his most famous hours-long speeches.
From 30 November the ashes of the deceased during the four days cover from Havana to Santiago de Cuba by the same route, but in the opposite direction, which in January 1959 did the so-called Caravan of freedom led by Fidel Castro. To 3 Dec the ashes of Castro will take on 13 of the 15 provinces of the country. On the same day in Santiago de Cuba on the square Antonio Maceo planned to rally in memory of Castro.
The Russian delegation will be headed by Volodin
The burial ceremony of Fidel Castro will take place on 4 December at 07:00 local time at the cemetery of Saint Iphigenia of Santiago de Cuba. In addition, 28 November and 4 December at the same time in the provinces of Havana and Santiago de Cuba on the occasion of the celebration of the Comandante will be conducted on 21 artillery salute.
It is assumed that at the funeral of Fidel Castro will be attending dignitaries and delegations from different countries. In particular, there will arrive the former king of Spain Juan Carlos I, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the head of Bolivia Evo Morales, the leader of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and the head of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.
The Russian delegation will be headed by the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. Its composition will also include Deputy Prime Minister, co-chair the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental Commission Dmitry Rogozin, representatives of the foreign Ministry and parliamentary factions. This was stated press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, quoted by RIA “Novosti”. He stressed that “the delegation will be sufficiently representative”.
The question, therefore the funeral can’t be Putin, Peskov said: “Putin is quite intense agenda, preparations for the message to the Federal Assembly is one of the main events in the presidential calendar for the year”. As transfers “Interfax”, according to Peskov, the delegation will travel to Cuba Monday night.
Fidel Castro died in Cuba on November 25 at 22:29 local time (06:29 Saturday Moscow time) at the age of 90 years. Of his death on state television declared the head of state, Raul Castro.
Castro December 1976, was Chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba, and was commander of the Revolutionary armed forces and Chairman of the Council of national defense. In 2006 because of ill health, he handed over power to his brother Raul.
In Cuba, by decree of the State Council from November 26 until December 4, operates the nine-day national mourning, during which cancelled public events and performances, half-mast flags.
Die Welt: Cuba’s “collective sorrow is not felt”
On the death of Fidel Castro write all the leading media in the world. And while the official organ of the Cuban Communist party newspaper Granma, says that “the Cuban people are saddened by the sad news of the death of Commander” and “the news of the death of Fidel Castro had a huge impact on every Cuban”, some Western media did not notice visible signs of grief on the streets of Cuban cities.
The correspondent of Die Welt , Tobias Kaufer claims that Cuba’s “collective sorrow is not felt, at least for a while.” “An amazing phenomenon for a country that five decades entirely been subordinated to the will of this person,” says the author of the article, which quotes InoPressa , in its review.
Noting that the official ceremonies start on Monday, Tobias Koyfer writes that most Cubans “took a wait and see position.”
According to the journalist, Castro has long personified the myth that the regime’s propaganda machine had turned into a light image of communism. “Owner of the Caribbean island managed to separate himself from his violent crimes. Will forever remain unknown to the true number of those who died at sea, fleeing from the regime,” he said.
The author cites the head of the Cuban Commission for human rights and national reconciliation (CCDHRN), Alisandra Sanchez, who announced recently that the number of repression in the current year will exceed 10 thousand occasions. This is the highest number of arrests over the past six years, the article says.
According to German journalist, together with Fidel gone, “a powerful mechanism, hindered the thaw.” According to Kaufer, now Raul Castro, who is considered the founding father of the process of rapprochement with the United States, can begin to actively implement this plan. “He left about two years of restructuring and the change of generations in a form acceptable to the Castro clan. After that, apparently, he will retire,” he concludes. Castro’s successor may be the current foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, but this opposition will not be easy, said the author.