xi's moments
Home | Americas

Cubans pay homage to Fidel Castro three years after his death

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-26 09:37

HAVANA - Cubans on Monday paid homage to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on the third anniversary of his death.

An image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro hangs on the wall of a meeting room at the Corona tobacco factory in Havana, Cuba, July 3, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

Radio and television stations broadcast special programs about the legendary revolutionary leader who passed away at the age of 90 on Nov. 25, 2016 in Havana.

Media published feature stories recalling Castro's extraordinary life and lasting influence as a champion of the underdog and outspoken critic of rapacious capitalism.

"How should we remember Fidel? By making his legacy our own, bravely and firmly standing up to imperialism, working and thinking for the people, struggling to make a better world possible," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted on Twitter.

The Federation of University Students and Union of Young Communists planned to hold a nighttime ceremony in tribute to Castro on the steps of the University of Havana.

After his death, Castro's ashes traveled across the country by caravan on a 900-km four-day journey to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

There, his ashes were buried at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, inside a giant boulder with a green marble plaque that simply reads "Fidel."

The monolith, standing next to a crypt that contains the remains of national hero Jose Marti, has become a place of pilgrimage for Cubans and foreigners alike.

In the past three years, some 1.8 million people have paid their respect, including 270,000 foreigners from more than 80 countries, attesting to Castro's enduring global legacy.

As Castro requested, no statues or monuments are to be built in his name, or plazas, avenues or other public venues named after him.

Global Edition
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349