It is the moment of truth for Cuba. For many years, observers of Cuban affairs were wondering what would happen on the island at the time of the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death. After several false alarms that contributed to the myth of the commander in chief, his death at 90, after the celebration of his birthday in August, did not surprise anybody.
His brother Raúl Castro made the announcement shortly after the death in a short and simple statement read on television: So they apparently executed no maneuvered management strategy of the incident.
All day Saturday, Cuban television broadcasted alternately period documentaries and news on the domestic and international reactions while providing images of the funeral. A large gathering is planned on Nov. 29 at the Revolution Square, the symbolic location of the great revolutionary events. Then, the funeral caravan will cross the island from Havana to Santiago, where the funeral will be held on Dec. 4 at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the same one that houses the remains of José Martí, the founding father of post-colonial Cuba. The body will be cremated, as requested by Castro himself. No mausoleum Soviet-style is expected.