Complete Schedule for Funeral Rites of Fidel Castro in Cuba

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks during a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. The rumor mill surrounding Castro's health continued to churn Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, despite a letter from the aging Cuban revolutionary published by state-media and denials by relatives that he is on death's door. The latest spark to set the Internet aflame are claims by a Venezuelan doctor that Castro, 86, had suffered a massive stroke, was in a vegetative state, and had only weeks to live. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile, File)
Fidel Castro in February 2012. Photo: Roberto Chile, Cubadebate

HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban government has decreed nine days of official mourning over the death of former President Fidel Castro. During this period, the flags will wave at half-mast, there will be no public activities or shows and all radio and television will maintain “an informative, patriotic and historical programming.”

The following is the schedule of funeral rites for the revolutionary leader, who died on Friday, November 25th at age 90:

– November 28 and 29: Castro’s remains will be present at the José Martí Memorial in Havana, where Cubans can say goodbye to him.

– November 29: A mass gathering in his honor will take place in the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana.

The Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. Foto: tripadvisor.com
The Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba where Fidel Castro’s remains will be put to rest.  Photo: tripadvisor.com

– November 30 – December 3: the casket with the ashes of Castro will be transported in a caravan that will travel the country over four days along 900 kilometers, from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. “The itinerary recalls The Freedom Caravan in January 1959” from Santiago to Havana, only in reverse.

– December 3: A mass gathering at 19:00 local time (00:00 GMT) will take place in the Plaza Antonio Maceo of Santiago de Cuba.

– December 4: Burial at 07:00 local time (12:00 GMT) at the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba, where Cuban national hero Jose Marti (1853-1895) is also buried.

31 thoughts on “Complete Schedule for Funeral Rites of Fidel Castro in Cuba

  • November 27, 2016 at 9:36 am
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    CUBA LOST A GREAT MAN! a man who does not bow to the US under any circumstances1 RIP

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    • November 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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      But he did bow down to Russian pressure.

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      • December 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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        He kicked their asses and told them exactly what to do. They were afraid of him, but didn’t dare oppose him. The People and the Revolution were/are one, and they knew it.

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        • December 4, 2016 at 1:34 am
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          What a really ridiculous statement demonstrating ignorance.

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          • December 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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            Typical Batista-ish like reply. Did you pick up your CIA pay check this month? Sheesh.

  • November 27, 2016 at 11:34 am
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    I have read so much negativity about Mr Castro,how evil he was and now he is being torn apart by the world for his kicking Batista and the MOB out of the “Jewel” of the Carabean,however in all the criticism I’ve read nothing or no one talks about “THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CALLED ‘GITMO’ Why is the world so blind so as to that torture chamber, Bush and his henchmen are all guilty or war crimes,so go ahead and criticize JT all you like for his farewell speech to Fidel,I’m not a fan of JT but I support him on this.

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  • November 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    I agree with you he was truly a hero to those who understood his cause. He stood tall despite the efforts of imperialism to destroy him.
    That he ruled with an iron fist yes but that was the only way to prevent the imperialists take over of cuba.
    And believe me they’re still trying.
    Viva la revolucion !
    Rest in peace Fidel knowing that we continue on with the struggle.

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    • November 28, 2016 at 7:33 am
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      Understood his cause? His cause was to stay in power. Not so hard to understand. You would feel differently about that “iron fist” if it has affected you or your family directly. By the way, buying a T-shirt with Korda’s Che Guevara is not continuing on with the struggle.

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  • November 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    El mundo está pensando en ustedes durante este tiempo muy triste.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 8:24 am
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    I think you should read more about Cuba’s history before giving inaccurate information about Castro taking down Batista. It was Jose A. Hecheverria who took down the presidential palace in Havana and the radio station, it was Frank Pais who took el cuartel moncada in Santiago. Revolution was already happening and when Fidel entered Havana, Batista had already fled the country, he didn’t do shit. tThe work was already done by the true leaders, not castro. You have been brainwashed and blinded by your love Fidel and like many others blame the U.S. for everything, when the culprit of all your calamities is no one else but Fidel.

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    • November 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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      The Moncada Barracks fell in 1959 to a rebel army led by Raul Castro. Before that, in 1953, the Barracks were the object of the famous attack that marked the beginning of the armed insurrection in Cuba. That first attack was led by Fidel Castro. Frank Pais was killed in 1957, shot in the back by Batista’s police in Santiago. Jose Antonio Echeverria led an attack on the presidential palace in 1957, in an attempt to assasinate Bastista. While the fighting was going on in the palace, he ran to the radio station and spoke for about 3 minutes, exhorting Cubans to revolt. He was killed soon after in a shootout with the police, as he tried to escape the radio station. Both, Frank Pais and Jose Antonio Echeverria died in 1957, almost two years before Batista fled the country.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    We will be there My father is 90 and we will come to him he and Fidel fought together 53-59

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  • November 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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    I see GITMO for what it is. A bad idea that sounded good at the time. It still has nothing to do with a tyrant’s funeral caravan.

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    • November 30, 2016 at 9:45 am
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      Has everything to do with it if you compare Gitmo to Castro’s human rights

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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    I guess that’s why you didn’t stay in Cuba to help make it better. No credibility.

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    • December 4, 2016 at 1:32 am
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      For you CErmle to speak of credibility is hilarious. you have yet to provide a siongle fact in these pages because you don’t actually know anything about Cuba’
      But at least you gave us a giggle.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    You are an anti-Castro and anti-Cuba propagandist. Open your eyes and you will see how the people of Cuba love him. Hundreds of thousands pay him homage. Long Live the Revolution.

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    • December 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      Obviously, you have never been to Cuba.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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    Long Live the Heroic Revolution of the Cuban People! The whole world honors Fidel Castro.

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    • December 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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      Yeah? Well the whole thing is falling down. When repression is required to maintain a system of government its always doomed to fail.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    Only counter revolutionaries will oppose what you have written. Most of the world mourns a great man of the people.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    Your information is inaccurate and flawed.

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  • December 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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    During my first visit (age 16) from June through August, 1959, the poverty I was in Habana was terrible; it was at the level of a Third World hell hole standards. Of course there was a middle class, plus the wealthy, but there were vast areas of Habana where people lived in hovels, shacks and cobbled-together shipping crates, pieces of tin, etc. i saw this every day a took the bus from near the Capitolio out to Arroyo Arenas. Ten years later, when I returned with the first Venceremos Brigade, many of the folks who lived in this sub-standard housing were moving into the four- and five- story “micro-brigade” buildings, including entire developments of these buildings, such as in East Habana or Ben Tre, near Bauta (or even around the neighborhood in Arroyo Arena which, besides the housing on Avenue 51, was mostly small farms. Now, there are developments of the “micro-brigade” buildings there. Also, in 1969 and 1970, there were no starving children begging along the Prado, in Parque Central, and other locations, who I saw immediate after the Revolution in 1959. Whatever the faults of the Revolution, in making a better life for Cubans makes the Revolution all worth while.

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      • December 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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        The apologists for imperialism can spin all the phony stats. they want to, but I prefer to trust my own eyes in comparing and contrasting what I saw, in 1959, shortly after the triumph of the Revolution but before the Revolution had an opportunity to put into practice all the reforms in education, housing, medicine, etc. and what I saw on subsequent trips in 1969-70, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Although some of the gains in living standards were lost with the collapse of the Socialist Camp in the early 1990’s, still, Cuba managed to survive and is now, gradually, rebuilding its economy. Sure, other places have much higher standards of living FOR SOME of their citizens, but not many. A recent example: A friend who periodically lives in Guatemala reported that a passenger truck turned over and many folks were seriously injured. She had to go form private clinic to private clinic trying to get medical treatment for the survivors, several of them children. During this process, at least one died before she could find a private clinic which would take him. This sort of heartless rejection of those needing medical treatment would never happen in Cuba, but is all too typical of much of the rest of the Third World. Just look what happened in Venezuela before the Bolivarian Revolution! Many folks there just did not receive any sort of medical treatment. They rarely, if ever, saw or even had access to a medical doctor. After the Revolution, Venezuela brought in Cuban doctors (while, at the same time, training additional doctors willing to see, for example, the poor folk in the favelas surrounding Caracas, and now these Venezuelan doctors are taking up the slack, though many Cuban doctors remain. In Cuba, despite the upper-class and middle-class neighborhoods like Playa, Miramar, the Vedado, Vibora Parque, etc. there were vast seas of poor, even wretched, neighborhoods, like sections of Centro, most of Marianao, Jesus-Maria, etc. which were ignored, beyond the pale, and/or “no go” neighborhoods before the Revolution. The bus station where I used to change buses, for example, where now is the Frank Pais Hospital, back in 1959 was surrounded by a neighborhood of sub-standard shacks and hovels. These folks are now living in much better places. (During the very early years, the Revolution built many modest single-family homes; later, they switched to the five-story micro-brigade apartment houses. As ugly as they are, they were a great improvement over living in a packing-crate or cobbled-together pieces of tin. Actually, I have visited some of the apartments in these micro-brigade buildings and they are on the level of any apartment you would find in the first world (although, to fill them with modern furnishings and appliances, the owner might have relatives living abroad, or have to work in the private sector, or have to work both in the private and public sector, or take on several jobs). Hence, the sources in the article to which you link are even more suspect than are the U.N. statistics, let alone those of the Cuban government.

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  • December 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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    I note with amusement that you are unable to point out any fault or any inaccuracy in my comment.
    That confirms your evident ignorance. You cannot accept the truth preferring to
    wallow in a morass of communist crap.

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  • December 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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    People leave all countries for various reasons. Some leave because they think the grass is greener on the other side. Others are enemies of the people and their revolution or way of life. Some are just plain old malcontents with a burr under their saddle. Some are criminals on the run.

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    • December 4, 2016 at 1:28 am
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      As usual unsupported by any facts

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  • December 4, 2016 at 1:28 am
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    You forget CErmle that my home is in Cuba and that is where I spend the majority of my time. You say that the people have spoken Nothing could be further from the truth. Cubans have not been given the opportunity for open free elections during the complete period of the Castro dictatorship which within one month will have lasted fifty eight long weary years. Any who speak in a critical fashion of that regime are jailed for dissent.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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    You are a Donald Trump clone.

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