Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

Source: Associated Press: Fidel Castro’s ashes were being interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century.

The military vehicle bearing his remains in a flag-draped cedar coffin left the Plaza of the Revolution in the eastern city of Santiago at 6:39 a.m. ET.

Thousands of people lined the two-mile route to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, waving Cuban flags and shouting “Long live Fidel!”

The Cuban military fired a 21-gun salute and crowds at the entrance to the cemetery sang the national anthem as the ashes entered about 40 minutes later.


The ceremony lasted more than an hour and took place out of the public eye after Cuban officials made a last-minute cancellation of plans to broadcast the events live on national and international television. International media were also barred from the ceremony.

Martial music could be heard outside the cemetery, where Ines de la Rosa was among the mourners gathered. She said she would have liked to watch the ceremony on television, but “we understand how they as a family also need a bit of privacy.”


Fellow mourner Elena Vinales said she wasn’t surprised that the images of the ceremony were not broadcast. “It seems to be a family moment,” she said.


The decision to hold a private ceremony came the morning after Castro’s brother, President Raul Castro, announced that Cuba would prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after the former leader, and bar the construction of statues of the former leader and revolutionary icon, in keeping with his desire to avoid a cult of personality.

“The leader of the revolution rejected any manifestation of a cult of personality and was consistent in that through the last hours of his life, insisting that, once dead, his name and likeness would never be used on institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, and that busts, statutes or other forms of tribute would never be erected,” Raul Castro told a massive crowd gathered in the eastern city of Santiago.

Fidel Castro, who stepped down in 2006 after falling ill, kept his name off public sites during his near half-century in power because he said he wanted to avoid the development of a personality cult. In contrast, the images of his fellow revolutionary fighters Camilo Cienfuegos and Ernesto “Che” Guevara became common across Cuba in the decades since their deaths.


18 Responses to Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

  1. seagul December 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    This is a man who has liberated his country, and has helped to liberate other countries from the darkest forces of racist apartheid and oppression—a man who is a hero to poor people all around the world—this is a man who has presided over a country that was a bordello, a casino for the criminal classes of the US, where black people couldn’t set foot in the same parks as white people or sit on the same beaches of white people.

  2. Jada Jameson
    Jada Jameson December 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    RIP sir!

  3. Judy Stanford
    Judy Stanford December 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    They did…that is what cremated means!!!

  4. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince December 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm


  5. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister December 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm
  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  7. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons December 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    And you said all that without even translating it from American into English.

  8. James Holder
    James Holder December 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    SMH!!! Stupes.

  9. Jefferson Hall
    Jefferson Hall December 4, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Sir you no better than Castro!!!! Y’all lie, steal and murder others to get where y’all at today. So shut up with the stupid rehtoric.

  10. June Yvonne Mourillon
    June Yvonne Mourillon December 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    RIP you are a hero

  11. Bryan Hazelwood
    Bryan Hazelwood December 5, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Awesome Comment Judy Stanford…….beat me to it.

  12. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite December 5, 2016 at 3:50 am

    No that’s what they tried to make us all believe

  13. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer December 5, 2016 at 5:24 am

    And you are a descendant of the racist spanish Cubans who sucked out the wealth of the country (batistuta`s crew) and run to Florida, you lot was murdering Cubans long before Castro.

  14. Walter Prescod December 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Adios Commandante! R.I.P.

  15. Cesar Carvajal
    Cesar Carvajal December 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    You are aa heroo. Yo people are very stupid. You are ignorant people

  16. Cesar Carvajal
    Cesar Carvajal December 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Is a surprife for me, to se people from Barbados that like Castro. Ustedes están locos

  17. Ashlee Nicholle
    Ashlee Nicholle December 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Lol. Ok Judy….i meant without all the fanfare .Just a cardboard box and burnnnn

  18. Ashlee Nicholle
    Ashlee Nicholle December 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Btw i do know what cremated means but also chose not to read the article as i am tired of all the fanfare surrounding his death


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