Sports, Movies and Booze: Cuba Comes Out of Mourning for Fidel Castro

Baseball in the street. Photo: Angel Yu
Baseball in the street. Photo: Angel Yu

HAVANA TIMES – Scenes of love and baseball returned on Sunday to Cuban television after the nine-day mourning enacted on Fidel Castro’s death, which included the ban on selling alcoholic beverages and listening to music ended, dpa news reported.

Although the mourning was officially lifted at 12:00 noon on Sunday and in the public buildings flags rose to the top, many preferred to extend the grief in a preventative way until midnight because there was confusion about the time.

Some bars and restaurants in Old Havana still avoided the sale of alcohol on Sunday, while others served it timidly inside the premises and only a few on the terraces in plain sight.

Since the death of Castro, 90, on November 25, Cuba’s government controlled television was continuously transmitting the same linked up programming of the tributes to Fidel Castro, documentary footage on him and fragments of his speeches.

Starting Sunday afternoon there was basketball, baseball and soccer as well as police or romantic movies. Taxis and buses also started to blare their music as usual.

In the evening Cubans were able to see Bayer Munich’s victory over Mainz 3-1 in the Bundesliga two days late.

Fidel Castro’s ashes were laid to rest in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery of the eastern Cuban city of Santiago de Cuba, in a private ceremony on Sunday morning.

17 thoughts on “Sports, Movies and Booze: Cuba Comes Out of Mourning for Fidel Castro

  • Your frequent reference to “Batista” as an excuse for any and all of Castros brutalities are sickening. As a recent article in the Washington Post said “…any measurement of Cuba now must take into account where Cuba stood at the time of the revolution” To begin with, We have to acknowledge that any data from the Cuban government is naturally suspect, as police states generally are not known to provide accurate numbers.

    A rigorous effort to establish an accurate picture of pre-revolutionary living standards in Cuba, published in the Journal of Economic History in 2012, found that Cuba significantly lagged its counterparts in the region during Castro’s rule. “Since current living standards appear to be below the levels of the late republic, it is hard to visualize any scenario where the republic would not have outperformed the revolutionary economy by a considerable margin in terms of living standards,” wrote Marianne Ward-Peradoza and John Devereux.

    I would hazard that, on way or another, Batista would have fallen (quite soon in fact) and Cuba’s health, education and living standards (already one of the best in the hemisphere) would have continued on a positive trajectory. Instead Cuba went from the frying pan, right into the fire.

    The harm done to the Cuban people is a direct result of a Castrista communist repressive system. And I have seen no dictatorial communist system ever work. ….Frankly, unlike you, I’ve seen enough!

  • In your arrant conceit, you suggest that the UN supports your position. The reverse is obviously the truth, it is you along with millions of others who support the UN position on this particular matter – but not I note on human rights which are denied in Cuba.
    You don’t read what others write, because if you did, you would know my repeated position on the US embargo.
    How generous of Samantha Powers to echo your views – had she heard them from you?
    It is a matter of total indifference to me whether you care about what I write or not.

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