- Title: Castro supporters sign condolence book in Madrid
- Date: 28th November 2016
- Summary: MAN LEAVING ROOM AS HE MAKES COMMUNIST GREETING PEOPLE IN THE QUEUE WOMAN SIGNING BOOK CUBAN AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN, EUGENIO MARTINEZ, STANDING QUEUE COVER OF FIDEL CASTRO'S BOOK: "History will absolve me" CASTRO'S PLACARD AT EMBASSY EXTERIOR OF CUBAN EMBASSY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN RESIDENT IN MADRID, JUAN DE DIOS MEDINA VAZQUEZ, SAYING: "Those Cubans who are shouting against Fidel, those Cubans are traitors, are mercenaries. Because they were educated in Cuba, trained in Cuba and became men in Cuba, and now they are shouting lots of inconceivable things. They are unpatriotic people who have no value. If I was the leader of Cuba, I would ban them from entering Cuba. And I will tell Raul not to give in a single millimetre, at all. And to Murillo, not to concede a single millimetre so as Diaz Canel. Socialism must remain in Cuba until the last days of our lives. Patriotism or death, yes to socialism. Viva Fidel and viva Raul!" (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINEAN RESIDENT IN MADRID, ARTURO SEVERO, SAYING: "Cuba is the only country in South America where there is no hunger. There's hunger in Mexico, in Argentina which is my country there is hunger. There is hunger in all South America. That's what people don't want to understand." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MADRID RESIDENT, CARMEN LOPE LINARES, SAYING: "I think there are lots of generations which did not know about the repression in Cuba. Well, not repression. But Cuba was the United States' backyard and (the backyard) of the imperialism. Speaking clear, it was United States' brothel. They will want what they call freedom so everything will go down the drain." MAN STICKING POSTER PAYING TRIBUTE TO CASTRO VARIOUS OF FLOWERS PAYING TRIBUTE TO CASTRO EXTERIOR OF CUBAN EMBASSY
- Embargoed: 13th December 2016 14:05
- Keywords: Cuba Embassy Madrid Fidel Castro Condolence Book
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0055ACZJ9J
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- Story Text: Cubans, supporters of Fidel Castro and foreign representatives gathered at the Cuban embassy in Madrid on Monday (November 28) to sign Fidel Castro's condolence book.
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.
Among the mourners was Cuban Juan de Dios Medina Vazquez, who has been living in Madrid for two months. He said critics of the late Cuban leaders were "traitors".
Spain is Cuba's third largest trading partner and the largest European investor in the country, its former colony.
Castro was cremated on Saturday (November 28) and a nine-day period of mourning declared. His ashes will be carried in a cortege to a final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, the city in eastern Cuba where he launched a leftist revolution in 1959.
Spain upset Cuba in 1996 by orchestrating the "common position" making human rights and democracy conditions for improved economic relations.
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