CUBAN President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez says over 1.8 million people have visited the boulder in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where Fidel Castro’s ashes rest.
In tweet on Tuesday to mark Fidel’s 93rd birthday anniversary, President Díaz-Canel said the revolutionary icon lives because his ideas live.
“Cuba dawns in tribute. Ninety-three years since the birth of the inheritor of [national hero Jose] Martí’s legacy, the undefeated leader who survived more than 600 attempts on his life, and faced without concessions, 11 US administrations. Fidel lives because his ideas live,” said President Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in a tweet.
In a later message, he reported that 1,810,638 people from Cuba and around the world had made their way to the boulder in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba where Fidel’s ashes rest.
Among the many tributes to Fidel held around the country was the opening of an exposition at the José Martí Memorial in Havana by artist Ernesto Rancaño, with First Vice-President Salvador Valdés Mesa on hand while National Assembly president Esteban Lazo Hernández visited the Siboney farm in Santiago de Cuba, where the Moncada combatants gathered before the assault.
Members of the Union of Young Communists camped out at the historic Castro-Ruz home in Birán to celebrate Fidel’s life and renew their commitment to his ideas.
Fidel died on November 25, 2016.