- Title: Cuba offers 21 gun salute for Castro
- Date: 28th November 2016
- Summary: HAVANA, CUBA (NOVEMBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF HAVANA BAY WITH MORRO CASTLE IN THE BACKGROUND GENERAL VIEW OF CANNONS FIRING FOR 21-GUN SALUTE CUBANS WATCHING SALUTE CANNONS FIRING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED CUBAN MAN SAYING: "It is a transcendental tribute since he is one of the men, or the greatest man in the world, in history for what he has given to the world, to know the truth, in favour of humanity." GENERAL VIEW OF HAVANA BAY WITH CASTLE WALL IN THE BACKGROUND CUBAN RECORDING SALUTE CANNONS FIRING FROM CASTLE WALL FLAG AT HALF-MAST CASTLE LIGHTHOUSE WITH FLAG AT HALF-MAST PEOPLE WALKING AND FISHING ON SEAFRONT
- Embargoed: 13th December 2016 15:40
- Keywords: 21 gun salute Fidel Castro Raul Castro homage tribute
- Location: HAVANA, CUBA
- City: HAVANA, CUBA
- Country: Cuba
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015AD0KEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Cuba issued a 21-gun salute for Fidel Castro on Monday (November 28) as thousands filed past a memorial to him at Cuba's Jose Marti monument.
Cannons fired off the rounds from the Morro Castle overlooking Havana Bay as a simultaneous salute occurred in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.
Cubans watched the event from different parts of Havana.
"It is a transcendental tribute since he is one of the men, or the greatest man in the world, in history for what he has given to the world, to know the truth, in favour of humanity," said one observer.
Another simultaneous 21-gun salute will be held in Havana and Santiago de Cuba on December 4, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.
The statement also said that a cannon will fire every hour, on the hour from November 29 through December 3.
Castro died on Friday (November 25) at the age of 90, a decade after stepping down due to poor health and ceding power to his brother Raul Castro.
Castro was admired by leftists and people of the developing world who saw him as a revolutionary who stood up to the powerful United States, but vilified by those who viewed him as a dictator who oppressed Cubans and ruined the economy through socialism.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None