It’s just after midnight on the island of Cuba, when President Raul Castro, holding back his tears, announces on TV to the world that “22:29 on 25 November 2016 died the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz. Hasta la victoria siempre “. Cuba has announced nine days of national mourning, during which “will not take place activities and public performances”, while the Cuban flag will be “at half mast in public institutions and the military headquarters. Radio and television will respect an information programming, patriotic and historical “.
The news has gone around the world, while the Havana wraps itself in mourning, speechless. “Hasta Siempre commander,” writes the official website Cubadebate, in homage to the Commander in Chief. The body of Fidel, the man who marked the history of Cuba for almost sixty years becoming an icon of the radical left-wing politics in the whole world, was cremated in the late afternoon of Saturday, November 26, as announced by the brother- President Raul. However, if the Cuban media are committed to “defend the ‘Revolucion’ that Castro has built with the poor of his land”, on the streets of Little Havana in Miami, there are scenes of joy and many are the slogans raised against “the dictator”. In fact, for the anti-Castro Cuban community in the US it is “the end of a horrible chapter.” “A tyrant is dead – exult – and finally can begin a new era.”
“On receiving the sad news of the death of his dear brother, the Most Excellent Mr. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my feelings of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of deceased dignitary, as well as to the government and people of this beloved nation. ” This is what Pope Francis says in the telegram of condolence for the death of Fidel Castro, sent to his brother and current President Raul Castro. “We tend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.” So the president of the United States, Barack Obama, on the death of Fidel Castro. “History will judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him,” he said in a statement released by the White House.
The funeral will be held on December 4. The ceremony will be officiated in the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, in the city of Santiago de Cuba. “From November 28 and until the following day”, the Cubans will be able to make “a well-deserved tribute to their leader at the memorial José Martí” of Havana as said in a statement. “All Cubans will have the opportunity to sign the solemn oath to fulfill the concept of ‘Rivolucion'” in a number of places indicated by the authorities in Havana and in other centers of the island, in order to “give continuity to his ideas and our socialism. ” On 29 November, then, there is a great ceremony “mass” at the Plaza de la Revolucion in the capital, while “the following day depart from Havana a ‘caravan of freedom’ to Santiago de Cuba”, whose arrival is scheduled on December 3.