The Cuban government has named the date of the funeral of Fidel Castro: the ceremony will be held on 4 December in Santiago de Cuba – the city where Castro made his first attempt to overthrow the regime of the dictator Batista, seizing army barracks. Up until the funeral the country declared a nine-day mourning, according to Twitter account of the AFP news Agency, citing data from the Cuban government.
It is expected that on Saturday the body of the leader of the Cuban revolution will be cremated in accordance with his last will.
Fidel Castro passed away on November 25 at the age of 90 years. The cause of death at the time of this writing, is not named.
In Santiago de Cuba was located the army’s Moncada barracks that Fidel Castro and his comrades decided to capture during the attempted coup in 1953. After the failure of the first revolution, Fidel was arrested and sentenced to 15 years, but two years later released under the Amnesty. The following year he organized in Mexico guerrilla group and with his associates, among whom was the legendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, landed in Cuba, began a guerrilla war against Batista. January 1, 1959, the guerrillas took Havana, opening a new Chapter in the history of Cuba.
Castro ran Cuba for the next 49 years with an iron fist, turning the island into a symbol of resistance to the United States and becoming one of the Central figures of the cold war. During his reign survived many assassination attempts Castro “spent” from the post nine American presidents. He turned to Cuba, which before it was a resort for rich Americans, in the one-party Communist state with free education and health care and gradually with aging because of the sanctions infrastructure of Soviet times.
In 2008, he handed over power to his younger brother Raul, who began careful attempts to change the policy of Island of Freedom, in particular in relation to the United States. In December 2014, the US administration declaredthat the policy of sanctions has failed, and President Barack Obama instructed to review the status of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.