In a historic week, Cuba says goodbye to the leader of the revolution with emotional tributes. Fidel Castro died on November 25 at age 90. A historical character dies. Beyond the lights and shadows of his years of government commanded by the Cuban government. Fidel Castro has been one of the most influential people in the world. And it will continue to be so even after his death.
It was his brother Raúl Castro, current Cuban president, who gave the news on television. It was a clear and emotional message. After being 47 years at the head of the Cuban communist regime, he had left Cuba under his brother for six years. Fidel already only published some article and met with leaders from around the world. He was more a historical figure than the charismatic leader who was in his years of government.
Dozens of leaders have wanted to go to the offering that began yesterday and that throughout the week will continue through the different Cuban cities where the revolution was born. Enrique Peña Nieto, Nicolás Maduro, Alexis Tsipras or King Juan Carlos I, wanted to pay him honor by referring to the speech that Raúl Castro gave at Plaza de la Revolución and where his words took over the deep sadness that fills the Cuban streets.
Cuba says goodbye to Fidel. What will happen now?
Cuba has prepared for a week full of emotional tributes that began with huge lines of Cubans around the Plaza de la Revolución and the statue of the poet José Martí. The urn with the ashes of Fidel Castro rested and thousands of Cubans came to pay respect to the leader of the revolution.
The other side of the coin was given by the Cuban exiles residing mostly in Miami. Joy has not stopped running on American streets since the news was known. Thousands of political exiles are confident that from today, Cuba will one step ahead in its democratization. And that is an important worldwide issue. What will happen now? Everything seems to indicate that in the short or medium term nothing will change and that Raúl will continue to carry forward communist strategies as it has been doing for more than 40 years. But it is inevitable that their detractors feel frenetic optimism. Cuban revolutionary communism’s image and figure has died. That his ideas continue beyond the minds of his defenders will not be easy.