Cuba mourns the loss of former leader Fidel Castro

By Online News - Rereātea

Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro has passed away at the age of 90.  His supporters in Cuba described him as an advocate for the poor and a man who defied 11 American presidents.  Yet a poor human rights record left the revolutionary with many detractors among the Cuban diaspora.

According to the Havana Times, “He was a man who left his mark on the history of Cuba and the world; who did a lot of good as well as a lot of bad in his search to do the right thing along his path of extreme utopias. However, as he stood with the poor, he deserves respect from both his friends as well as his enemies.”

Al Jazeera reported, "The US government spent more than $1 billion trying to kill, undermine or otherwise force Castro from power, but he endured unscathed before old age and disease finally took him.”

Castro’s funeral is expected to last up to nine days. His body will be cremated and his ashes will be held at the Jose Marti Memorial in Revolution Square.  

He will then be taken to his final resting place at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the Eastern Capital on December 4th.