Life And Time Of Fidel Castro

The former Cuban revolutionary leader passed on at the age of 90 on November 25, 2016.

 

Cuba is mourning its revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, whose death was announced late on Friday November 25, 2016. The announcement was made by his younger brother, Cuban President Raúl Castro, the BBC said. Flags have since been flying at half mast as nine days of mourning are observed. From today, November 28, 2016, people will begin paying respects before Castro’s ashes are taken to Santiago de Cuba where he launched his bid for power.

Upon the announcement of the death, a group of students appeared outside the Law Faculty where Castro studied in the 1950s, carrying Cuban flags, pictures of Fidel and holding up revolutionary slogans. Many were in tears, genuinely moved by the loss of a man they consider to have freed their country from Washington's grasp, agency reports said. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Fidel Castro “a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.” Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, said “Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico and promoted bilateral relations based on respect, dialogue and solidarity.”

“India mourns the loss of a great friend,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter. Pope Francis sent a telegram to Raúl Castro, offering “my sense of grief to your Excellency and family.” Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Fidel Castro’s “immortal historical contributions to the development of socialism around the world.” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hailed “the remarkable leade...

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