Fidel Castro meets with cheesemakers

Fidel Castro visited the Food Industry Research Institute
Fidel Castro visited the Food Industry Research Institute

HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro returned to public activity in Havana on Friday after several months, according to images released Saturday by the official newspaper “Granma”.

Castro, 88, visited the Food Industry Research Institute in the neighborhood of Guatao in the Havana district of La Lisa, the newspaper reported.

The former president “had an extensive exchange of more than four hours with 19 cheese masters” during his visit, said “Granma”. Castro showed interest in the problems facing the food industry on the island, said the newspaper.

In Cuba, for decades cheese has been a luxury item in short supply with most of the production going to the tourism industry. Milk production has also been far from sufficient to meet demand.

The last time Fidel was photographed in public was when he visited a school back in April. In May he received visiting French President Francois Hollande at his home in Havana.

Castro withdrew from power in 2006 with a serious illness after ruling the island for almost 50 years and is rarely seen in public. However he often receives high level foreign guests at his home in western Havana.

28 thoughts on “Fidel Castro meets with cheesemakers

  • July 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Amen and The Cuban Revolution will continue to live on!!!!!!

  • July 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    yet the Cubans know more about the USA that Americans do… Go figure!!!!!

  • July 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The execution of the Batistiano torturers was popularly supported and one can argue, legally and morally justified, but that does not mean that the executions were not part of widespread violent repression. Not all the people who were executed were torturers or murderers, either. One of the reasons the executions were broadcasted on TV was to act as a warning to others not to oppose the Revolution, making the executions instrumental in the violent repression.

    Same too, for the arrests following the Bay of Pigs. Yes, there were counter-revolutionary cells, some (but not all) supported by the CIA. Again, those details do not negate the fact that the mass arrests were part of the widespread violent repression.

    My description of the Escambray revolt is accurate. I’ve read Victor Dreck’s history of that fight, as well as Enrique Encionosa’s book, “Escambray, the Forgotten War”. While the two authors differ greatly in their political positions, they agree on many historical details of what happened.

    Certainly, we can include the revolutions of France, Mexico & Haiti, or even the ongoing bloody revolution underway in Syria today. I agree that the Cuban Revolution was much less violent than most other similar historical events. But I dispute the assertion that there was no “widespread violent repression” at all.

    As for who should face justice for sedition and terrorism, the Castro brothers belong in front of the line for those crimes. They rode to power on promises of free & democratic elections and were supported by the people. But once in power, they reneged on those oft repeated promises and installed a violently repressive dictatorship which has cursed the Cuban nation to this day.

  • July 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    My words were those of Lilian Guerra’s. You are free to read the extensively footnoted book which cover carries praise from none other than HT. Are you aware that there were riots and violent protests from the public when SIM agents and police recieved lienient sentences from the Tribunals ? There was tremendous public pressure for justice for murderers and torturers of the US backed dictatorship. And Cuba was completely open about what it was doing. It provided footage of executions to NBC. is Your comments about the Alzados is completely false. The round-ups during Giron are accurate. You neglect to mention there were dozens or hundreds of armed clandestine cells, directed and supplied by the US to assassinate key leaders, sabotage and create chaos as part of the coordinated plans for invasion. Are you suggesting they should have been given probation and a fine for their sedition and terrorism ? Lastly, why do you limit you comments to the violence of only Socialist revolutions ? You dispute the historian’s inclusion of France, Mexico and Haiti ?

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