Sunday, 4 December 2016

Cuba Prohibits Naming Monuments After Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel in keeping with the former leader's desire to avoid the development of a personality cult.

Raul Castro told a crowd gathered to pay homage to Fidel Castro in the eastern city of Santiago that the country's National Assembly would pass in its next session a law prohibiting the naming of "institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, or erecting busts statutes or other forms of tribute."

Thousands gathered for a rally in the city where Fidel Castro's ashes arrived after a four-day trek across the island that reversed the path the former Cuban president took to Havana after his rebels ousted the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Castro, who died Nov. 25 at 90, kept his name off public sites during his time in office because he said he wanted to avoid the development of a cult of personality.

He will be buried Sunday morning in a private ceremony at the Cemetery Santa Ifigenia, where Cuban national heroes Jose Marti and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes are laid to rest.



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