Cuba: Havana holds mass vigil one year after Castro's death

Hundreds of people attended a vigil marking one year since the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, at Havana University on Saturday. Demonstrators waved their their national flag and placards reading «I am Fidel» as musicians performed. Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Jose Machado both attended the ceremony. President of the... Еще Cuban University Students Federation Raul Palmeiro dedicated kind words to the former leader. «Fidel is our historic leader but also a father, a teacher, a counselor, a close friend and a trusted voice», he said. «We shouldn’t only remember him, but also honour him by being good students, with cultural creativity, with firm ideological ideas, participating in social impact tasks, complying with national defense, battling lack of aspirations, immoralities and corruption”, Palmeiro added. The homage is set to continue until December 3, with a mass political event and vigil at the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. Fidel Castro passed away aged 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from supporters and detractors worldwide. He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts.

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