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

  • An intelligent comment, Informed Consent. But you left out the very positive comments Samantha Power made about the truly remarkable advances in education, health and safety that to this day remains a 360-degree turnaround from the Batista brutality and thievery. Ms. Power also frequently alludes to the fact that Cuba, if it was not eternally besieged by foreign elements trying to destroy it while also eternally harming its citizens, might not be quite so defensive. That apparently is a consensus belief internationally. So, why not give it a chance and let’s see…and meanwhile pick on other nations we disagree with that can actually fight back — China, for instance. Of course, giving Cuba a chance to chart its own course would surely interfere with the revenge, economic and political power of the vast and lucrative Castro Cottage Industry in the U. S., wouldn’t it?

  • You are a big, bad bully, Carlyle…always trying to belittle the vast majority of Americans who disagree with you. As for my celebrity, I hope it remains at or near zero because I have a few other interests than the disastrous Batistiano impact on America’s image. So, Carlyle, try something else to disparage me. I knew a bully once who was a lot sharper than you, but he didn’t scare me either.

  • Moses:
    I remember his humor! Terrific and (I am not a big praying man) I still do wish / pray / dream of the day when ordinary folks can express themselves freely! Jim

  • Well, during her “remarkable” speech, she also said”…We are profoundly concerned by the serious human rights violations that the Cuban government continues to commit with impunity against its own people – including arbitrarily detaining those who criticize the government; threatening, intimidating, and, at times, physically assaulting citizens who take part in peaceful marches and meetings; and severely restricting the access that people on the island have to outside information.”

    I believe that weakening the embargo would be to empower the regime to create a more China like economic/political system. I don’t want to make it easier for those bastards to continue to, as Samantha Powers said, act with impunity against it’s own people! And this idea that we are hurting the average Cuban is nonsense, Cuba’s internal “blockade” does that!

  • You are wrong. As far as the annual UN resolution, what’s to explain? The world has consistently voted against the US embargo. So what?

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