Cubans honour Fidel Castro in a Rally on Revolution Plaza
Regional leaders and thousands of Cubans gathered at Plaza of the Revolution on Tuesday, paying tributes to the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who used to deliver fiery speeches to tons of people when he was in power.
The presidents of Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and South Africa, with leaders of smaller nations, spoke at the evening paying condolences to Castro, who died on Saturday.
South African president Jacob Zuma spoke highly of Cuba under Castro’s rule for its achievements in education and health care and its support for African independence movements.
Fidel will be remembered as “a great fighter for the idea that the poor have a right to live with dignity,” Zuma told the crowd.
The black-and-white revolution-era footage of Castro and other guerrillas was shown at the beginning of the rally, followed by playing of the Cuban national anthem. President and Castro’s younger brother Raul Castro saluted.
Raul ended the rally with his speech in which he thanked all the leaders present for their words of praise, and called his brother as the leader of a revolution “for the humble, and by the humble.”
Reports by Cuban state media say that an urn containing Fidel Castro’s ashes was being kept in a room at the Defence Ministry where top Communist Party officials paid their tributes the previous evening.