It is an endless river of people who greet, applaud and shout with passion “Fidel es Cuba,” “hasta siempre,” while waving “lone star” flags and throwing flowers.
A river that winds from Havana eastward, to the passage of the Caravana de la libertad, accompanying and escorting the open wagon carrying a cedar urn containing the ashes of the Commander of the Revolution to the cemetery of Santiago, where it will be buried on Sunday. This river passes through the stopping points in the cities — Villa Clara, where the mausoleum of Che Guevara is, Sancti Espiritus, a small jewel of colonial architecture, and finally, Thursday, Camaguey, where the gamut of Cuban society was represented, from white coat doctors and nurses to children in uniforms of the various school levels, guajiros, men and women in the fields, wearing straw hats of, and military men and women in olive green.
This is the long and moving goodbye of the Cuban people to their top leader. Last night in Camaguey, in the center of the island, a vigil was celebrated, organized by the artists of the province in the central park Ignacio Agramonte. Because, as a young local musician stated to the local TV, “artists owe a lot to Fidel.” This is an opinion shared by Miguel Barnet, poet and writer (published in Italy by Einaudi) and president of Cuba’s Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC). “It is difficult to report any Cuban success in the field of culture that is not related to Fidel,” he said. “As it happens in medicine, in education, in science. Very few men have existed in the continent with such an integral, holistic, complete vision.”