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This is how they remembered Fidel Castro in Cuba five years after his death

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This is how they remembered Fidel Castro in Cuba five years after his death

File photograph dated December 2, 2016, which shows people in the town of Holguín as they receive the ashes of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro.-EFE
File photo dated December 2, 2016, which shows a woman walking with a sign with the image of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, on a street in Holguín (Cuba) .- EFE
File photograph of former Argentine star Diego Maradona (r) during an interview with the president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, for the television program La Noche del 10, on October 26, 2005.- EFE


HAVANA (Xinhua) – With multiple activities, Cuba paid tribute to former President Fidel Castro, who died at 90 years of age, on a day like today, five years ago.

The central act of that day was lthe inauguration of the Fidel Castro Center, an academic institution “destined to the study and dissemination of the work” of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution. The opening of the Center was attended by the former president and younger brother of Fidel, Raúl Castro, as well as the current Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Venezuelan head of state, Nicolás Maduro.

A play starring the children of the children’s company La Colmenita opened the doors of the institution that includes exhibition rooms, libraries, meeting rooms, galleries, amphitheater, bookstore, printing press and an extensive garden.

“Among its main attractions stands out a collection of more than 40,000 images of the Cuban leader gathered in two and a half years,” the director of the Center, the historian René González, told the press. A few hours earlier, a hundred young people, grouped spontaneously under the name of “Red Scarves”, carried out a “Walk for Fidel” this Thursday, along a central Havana avenue to the emblematic Malecón.

On the waterfront they launched into the sea a replica of the yacht Granma, in which Castro returned to the island from exile in Mexico to resume the fight against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, after being convicted of the assault on the Moncada Barracks, Cuba’s second military fortress, on July 26, 1953.

“It is a way of ratifying our commitment to the Revolution that Fidel started,” said young Adrián González, a student of Medical Sciences participating in the symbolic march. In addition, the Casa del ALBA Cultural de La Habana hosted the virtual presentation of the trilogy “A child, a young man, a leader named Fidel Alejandro”, by Cuban María Luisa García, published by Editorial Verde Olivo, and was inaugurated the virtual exhibition of photographs “Thanks for everything, Fidel”.

In that same place, a panel for reflection and debate entitled “The Cuban Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean” was held, led by the Cuban historian Andrés Zaldívar. Similarly, the Casa de las Américas developed the panel “Fidel’s legacy on the socialist transition.

Some approaches to its validity in Cuba “, moderated by the historian María del Carmen Ariet, with the participation of several intellectuals, including the president of that institution and former Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto. These regulations only allow the use of the name of the Commander-in-Chief exceptionally when an institution


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File photograph dated December 2, 2016, which shows people in the town of Holguín as they receive the ashes of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro.-EFE
File photo dated December 2, 2016, which shows a woman walking with a sign with the image of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, on a street in Holguín (Cuba) .- EFE
File photograph of former Argentine star Diego Maradona (r) during an interview with the president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, for the television program La Noche del 10, on October 26, 2005.- EFE


HAVANA (Xinhua) – With multiple activities, Cuba paid tribute to former President Fidel Castro, who died at 90 years of age, on a day like today, five years ago.

The central act of that day was lthe inauguration of the Fidel Castro Center, an academic institution “destined to the study and dissemination of the work” of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution. The opening of the Center was attended by the former president and younger brother of Fidel, Raúl Castro, as well as the current Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Venezuelan head of state, Nicolás Maduro.

A play starring the children of the children’s company La Colmenita opened the doors of the institution that includes exhibition rooms, libraries, meeting rooms, galleries, amphitheater, bookstore, printing press and an extensive garden.

“Among its main attractions stands out a collection of more than 40,000 images of the Cuban leader gathered in two and a half years,” the director of the Center, the historian René González, told the press. A few hours earlier, a hundred young people, grouped spontaneously under the name of “Red Scarves”, carried out a “Walk for Fidel” this Thursday, along a central Havana avenue to the emblematic Malecón.

On the waterfront they launched into the sea a replica of the yacht Granma, in which Castro returned to the island from exile in Mexico to resume the fight against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, after being convicted of the assault on the Moncada Barracks, Cuba’s second military fortress, on July 26, 1953.

“It is a way of ratifying our commitment to the Revolution that Fidel started,” said young Adrián González, a student of Medical Sciences participating in the symbolic march. In addition, the Casa del ALBA Cultural de La Habana hosted the virtual presentation of the trilogy “A child, a young man, a leader named Fidel Alejandro”, by Cuban María Luisa García, published by Editorial Verde Olivo, and was inaugurated the virtual exhibition of photographs “Thanks for everything, Fidel”.

In that same place, a panel for reflection and debate entitled “The Cuban Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean” was held, led by the Cuban historian Andrés Zaldívar. Similarly, the Casa de las Américas developed the panel “Fidel’s legacy on the socialist transition.

Some approaches to its validity in Cuba “, moderated by the historian María del Carmen Ariet, with the participation of several intellectuals, including the president of that institution and former Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto. These regulations only allow the use of the name of the Commander-in-Chief exceptionally when an institution

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