Cuba Marks First Anniversary of Castro’s Death

GEORGETOWN (CMC) | Cuba marked the first anniversary of the death of its leader Fidel Castro by praising the revolution that brought “other fundamental rights of human beings to an entire people”.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo Friday night joined officials of the Cuban Embassy here, as well as the diplomats from Venezuela in marking the occasion. Castro died on November 25, last year at the age of 90.

The Cuban ambassador Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante who together with his Venezuelan counterpart, and Reina Diaz, symbolically laid a wreath beneath a portrait of Castro and observed a minute of silence, praised the late Cuban leader for leading the revolution that began with the overthrow of the right-wing Bastista government in 1959.

“The revolution that Fidel led brought education, health sports culture and other fundamental rights of human beings to an entire people, besides, creating deep patriotic feeling in the construction of a socialist society,” Marchante said as he spoke of Castro’s many contributions.

He noted that it was during the Cuban leader’s 1973 trip to Guyana, he commended the courage of Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago governments in defying the international pressures then, to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1972.

One of the main features was a documentary produced by the late Cuban leader’s personal cameraman.

Castro established the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere after leading the overthrow Batista and governed Cuba for nearly five decades, before relinquishing responsibility to his younger brother Raúl, in 2008.