Fidel Castro quiet end,this should not be news to anyone but many people had their doubts.
(Yahoo News) -Fidel Castro is dead. This should not be news to anyone, but many people had their doubts. Castro was believed dead in 1953, after he disappeared during his surprise attack on the Moncada Barracks during an early, failed attempt to overthrow Cuba’s government. He was declared dead in 1956 when his second attempt, an invasion force, was shot up and dispersed by the Cuban military. In 1957, army commanders claimed to have killed him, and he survived a famously broad array of assassination attempts in the 1960s, and false alarms as recently as 2006, when an attack of diverticulitis led to rumors that his death was being kept secret. The anticipation of his end grew so routine that the Sun Sentinel of Florida once ran with the disarming headline, “NOT DEAD YET.”
Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, receives the box containing the ashes of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 4, 2016. (Photo: Marcelino Vazquez/ACN/via Reuters)
This time, he is “in the ground.” I have seen it with my own eyes.
Castro’s death, at age 90, was so long anticipated that it achieved a rare distinction for the man who dominated Latin America and grandstanded on the global stage for decades: It was anticlimactic. Having passed away quietly on Nov. 26, Castro was mourned by supporters and jeered by enemies who took to the streets of Miami’s Little Havana to dance and celebrate. This week, a nine-day period of official mourning ended with the ritualistic transfer of his cremated remains to a grave in eastern Cuba beside that of José Martí, the independence leader who is Cuba’s only figure of comparable stature.
Castro’s final journey began with a public ceremony in Havana (at which his ashes were not present), and then continued for three days in an emotional and at times exhausting display of both official propaganda and personal closure. The caravan of his remains was designed to evoke and repeat in reverse the triumphant march to power by Fidel in January 1959, when his bearded guerrillas overthrew a dictatorship and put Cuba into a new and ultimately remote orbit. The man who inspired imitators across the globe went home in a glass box, cheered by Cubans lining the roadways, but finally smaller than life.
By Patrick Symmes