Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel Presente!

Passing: Fidel Castro

by Victoria Friends for Cuba

November 26, 2016

Friends; the news that our beloved friend Fidel Castro at 90 years of age passed away at 10:29 on Friday, Nov. 26 leaves us and so many others around the globe with great sorrow and sadness.

Although his physical presence may not be among us any longer his teachings with his examples of building a better life on our planet for everyone everywhere will remain with humanity for a long time to come. His love for building a world without hunger, wars, injustice, sickness, ignorance or any kind of oppression and dedicating his whole life to it has really been incredible to witness.

Such a great leader, a great revolutionary, a great teacher, a great man humanity will always look up to.

In the coming days many tears will fall from everywhere for such a man who did so much with so little for the Cuban people and for so many others in poorer countries around the globe. His determination to achieve the impossible will in no doubt keep giving strength and direction to so many of us in the struggle to build a better world for years to come.

In honour of such a great man this is definitively a time for all of us to renew our commitment to defend what he stood for and the legacy that Fidel leaves to all mankind.

Viva Fidel! Viva Cuba! Ever Onward to Victory!


 Official Statement from the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba

On the occasion of the demise of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba declares nine days of National Mourning, as from the 06:00 hrs. of November 26th, until the 12:00 hrs. of December 4th, 2016.

For as long as the National Mourning is in place, public activities and shows shall not be held, the national flag shall be flown at half-staff in public buildings and military facilities. The radio and television shall broadcast informative, patriotic and historic programs.
 Council of State of the Republic of Cuba

Press release by the Organizing Commission

The Organizing Commission of the Central Committee of the Party, the State and the Government for the funeral honors of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, informs the population that as from November 28th, from 09:00 until the 22:00 hrs., in the Jose Marti Memorial, the population of the capital city will be able to pay a befitting tribute to their leader, which will extend until November 29th, from 09:00 until 12:00 hrs.

On November 28th and 29th, from 09:00 until 22:00 hrs., in the locations that will be timely informed in each locality, including the capital city, all Cubans will have the possibility to pay tribute and sign a solemn oath to fulfill the concept of Revolution, expressed by our historic leader on May 1st, 2000, as an expression of the resolve to continue his ideas and our socialism.

On November 29th, at 19:00 hrs., a mass rally will take place at Jose Marti Revolution Square in the capital city.

On the next day, his ashes will be carried following the same itinerary that remembers the Caravan of Freedom of January 1959, until the province of Santiago de Cuba, ending on December 3rd.
On this same day, at the 19:00 hrs., a mass rally will take place in Antonio Maceo square.
The inhumation ceremony will take place at the 07:00 hrs. on December 4th, at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.
 Likewise, our people is advised that the Military Review and march of the combatant people for the 60th Anniversary of the landing of the members of the Granma Yacht expedition, the day of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, is postponed and will be held on January 2nd, 2017.
Organizing Commission

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