Cuba to prohibit naming of monuments after Fidel

2016-12-04 17:51
(Desmond Boylan, AP)

(Desmond Boylan, AP)

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Santiago - President Raul Castro has announced that Cuba will prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after his brother Fidel and bar the construction of statues of the former leader and revolutionary icon in keeping with his desire to avoid a cult of personality.

The announcement came after a week of national mourning for Fidel Castro that reached near-religious peaks of adulation and hours before his ashes are interred in Santiago's Santa Ifigenia cemetery, ending the official mourning period.

Raul Castro told a massive crowd: "The leader of the revolution rejected any manifestation of a cult of personality and was consistent in that through the last hours of his life, insisting that, once dead, his name and likeness would never be used on institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, and that busts, statutes or other forms of tribute would never be erected."

Revolutionary fighters

He said that Cuba's National Assembly would vote in its next session on the law fulfilling the wishes of his brother, who died last week at 90. The legislature generally holds a meeting in December and under Cuba's single-party system, parliament unanimously or near-unanimously approves every government proposal.

Fidel Castro, who stepped down in 2006 after falling ill, kept his name off public sites during his near half-century in power because he said he wanted to avoid the development of a personality cult. In contrast, the images of his fellow revolutionary fighters Camilo Cienfuegos and Ernesto "Che" Guevara became common across Cuba in the decades since their deaths.

Mourning for Castro has been fervent and intense across the country since his death, particularly in rural eastern Cuba, where huge crowds have been shouting Castro's name and lining the roads to salute the funeral procession carrying his ashes.


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