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Díaz-Canel Presides Delegation to VI Summit of ACS
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
 Comrade Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, heads the Cuban delegation at the Sixth Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), opened in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.... Leer más
Publicado:  Comrade Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, heads the Cuban delegation at the Sixth Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), opened in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

The Summit will produce a report of the work of the Association, as part of the 20th anniversary of its founding, and especially, as agreed in the previous conclave of leaders, held in April 2013 in Haiti.
The presence of Cuba in this event will help to reinforce the efforts of cooperation and integration with the countries of the wider Caribbean.

The Cuban delegation is also composed of the Vice Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz and other officials of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

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Cuban Economy Grew in 2011-2015, but Still Not Enough
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
 Although Cuban economy grew in the last five years at a rate of 2.8 percent annually that figure was not enough to progress in the development of the country, points out the brief report on the evolution of Cuban economy in the 2011-2015 period.

Marino Murillo, member of the Politburo and head of the Permanent Commission for Implementation and Development, commenting on Saturday to the 312 delegates and 112 guests of Commission Three on the progress of the economy in this period, said there were no major changes in the structure of the gross domestic product (GDP), and that there were sectors with a poor contribution, like that of agriculture.

He said that the annual growth in imports -4.7 percent as average- was faster than that of the economy, which was reflected in that much of what is sold in Cuban shops is imported.

Murillo, also Minister of Planning and the Economy called to seek changes in the matrices of imports, with an eye on raw materials that will generate added value on the island and resolve this issue structurally.

The document in question reflects that, although the dynamic was not enough to satisfy to a greater extent the creation of productive and infrastructure conditions that would enable further progress, there was no stagnation in the economy.... Leer más
Publicado:  Although Cuban economy grew in the last five years at a rate of 2.8 percent annually that figure was not enough to progress in the development of the country, points out the brief report on the evolution of Cuban economy in the 2011-2015 period.

Marino Murillo, member of the Politburo and head of the Permanent Commission for Implementation and Development, commenting on Saturday to the 312 delegates and 112 guests of Commission Three on the progress of the economy in this period, said there were no major changes in the structure of the gross domestic product (GDP), and that there were sectors with a poor contribution, like that of agriculture.

He said that the annual growth in imports -4.7 percent as average- was faster than that of the economy, which was reflected in that much of what is sold in Cuban shops is imported.

Murillo, also Minister of Planning and the Economy called to seek changes in the matrices of imports, with an eye on raw materials that will generate added value on the island and resolve this issue structurally.

The document in question reflects that, although the dynamic was not enough to satisfy to a greater extent the creation of productive and infrastructure conditions that would enable further progress, there was no stagnation in the economy.

He pointed out that the growth of Cuba’s gross domestic product (GDP) was above -as an average-, the one experienced by Latin America and the Caribbean between 2011 and 2015, hardly 2.2 percent.

However, Murillo acknowledged that the increase of 2.8 percent of the GDP, as an annual average in the period, does not respond to the dynamics of development the country needs, while growth rates don’t have a significant reflection on national economy.

The activities of trade, restaurants and hotels increased their share of the GDP, from 23.4 percent in 2010 to 26.2 in 2015, although on the other hand the potential present in the economy to advance to higher levels in the replacement of imports achieved discreet results.

The number of people in employment in the state sector is three million 460 thousand, while the non-state sector grew by 461,760 workers, until reaching one million 400 thousand employees last year, resulting from the structural changes undertaken since the Sixth Congress.

An increase of 10 percent in non-state employment backs up the results achieved in the field of employment in Cuba.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at around three percent.

Taking wage increases applied to the sectors of public health, sports, at foreign investment institutions and changes in payment systems in the business sphere as a starting point, one million 500 thousand workers benefited from higher wages, which raised the average wage in the nation to 640 pesos.

The evolution of national economy, given its high dependence on foreign relations, has been influenced by international environment, mainly due to the performance of prices of the main items of export and import and exchange rate fluctuations, points out the information report of the Congress.

Delegates attending Commission Three also knew about the expansion of trade relations with other countries and the beginning of a process to attract foreign investment, after the promulgation of the new Foreign Investment Law of 2014, which will favor access to capital, technology, and market and management experience to help eliminate structural imbalances.

Achievements in economic matters were reached by getting around dissimilar difficulties such as the international crisis and the strengthening of the blockade imposed by the United States, particularly the pursuit of financial transactions carried out by the country.

Murillo stressed that a process of consolidation of external finance, including the reorganization of debt, has started, which Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the PCC, assessed on Saturday as essential to contribute to the international credibility of Cuba.

An example of what has been achieved in this area is the debt renegotiation agreements with China, Japan and Russia, as well as the Paris Club.

A total of 21 percent of the 313 guidelines approved during the previous Congress are fully implemented, 77 percent is in the process of implementation and in two percent it has not started.

Raul highlighted that the updating of the economic-social model is a complex process involving changes in the way of thinking and acting of people, transcending its realization to the term of five years, so new guidelines will be discussed by delegates to the most important political meeting in the country.  

The First Secretary highlighted the 130 policies adopted over the last five years and the 344 legal norms of different levels and the repeal of 684.

He acknowledged that the slow implementation of legal regulations has delayed the implementation of approved policies.

Delegates at discussions of Committee Three of the Congress analyzed on Saturday afternoon and will continue to analyze on Sunday the updated proposal that is expected to have 268 guidelines, 31 of which keep their original wording, 193 are modified and 44 new ones have been added.

With the presence of 995 delegates and 280 guests, the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party will be in session until April 19, when the names of the members of the Central Committee, Politburo members, the First and Second Secretaries, and the members of the Secretariat elected will be announced. | GMT-05:00
 
Approved Economy Plan and Budget for 2015
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
 After much debate, first in its standing committees and then in plenary, the National People's Assembly approved the Plan of Economics and Law of the State Budget for 2015.

In its Fourth Session of the Eighth Legislature the top legislative body analyzed the financial amounts that ensure the vitality of the main economic and social programs in the country, and the necessary income, both of which require working with efficiency, austerity, organization and greater control and supervision.

Of the 55 thousand 854 million pesos intended for current expenses, the Public Health and Education are assigned the 29 and 24 percent of the budget, respectively, as an expression of the will of the State to preserve the conquests in these sectors.

Although several deputies proposed analyzing the disaggregation of the budget and economy plan for 2015 with the worker groups, it was considered to be part of the established methodology so it was not necessary to collect such political process in the opinion submitted by the Committee on Economic Affairs, another document approved today.

It is expected to support capital expenditures, primarily for the budgeted capital investment and infrastructure sector and related sanitation and building maintenance programs.

The deputy Lina Pedraza, Minister of Finance and Prices, introducing the draft 2015 Budget Law said revenue is expected to grow by six percent and expenditures by 10 percent, which will result in a fiscal deficit of five thousand 563 million 400 thousand pesos, representing 6.2 percent of gross domestic product, current prices.

Included are the financial resources for granting subsidies to people to take constructive action in their homes, to gradually face the aging population, the incorporation of graduates and continuity of wage policy, approved by the Public Health Sector and launched in May this year.

The planned net income of 48 thousand 991 million pesos, with a large weight in the coming of the tax system as a fundamental source for the state budget; hence the importance of insisting on civic culture fulfilling this social duty.

Pedraza stressed the need for close monitoring of retail mercantile circulation plans of enterprises of Commerce and Gastronomy, of the inventories, of bank deposits by sales, all of which means that the control in the base has an increasing relevance and is associated with the resources made available to each municipality.

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 After much debate, first in its standing committees and then in plenary, the National People's Assembly approved the Plan of Economics and Law of the State Budget for 2015.

In its Fourth Session of the Eighth Legislature the top legislative body analyzed the financial amounts that ensure the vitality of the main economic and social programs in the country, and the necessary income, both of which require working with efficiency, austerity, organization and greater control and supervision.

Of the 55 thousand 854 million pesos intended for current expenses, the Public Health and Education are assigned the 29 and 24 percent of the budget, respectively, as an expression of the will of the State to preserve the conquests in these sectors.

Although several deputies proposed analyzing the disaggregation of the budget and economy plan for 2015 with the worker groups, it was considered to be part of the established methodology so it was not necessary to collect such political process in the opinion submitted by the Committee on Economic Affairs, another document approved today.

It is expected to support capital expenditures, primarily for the budgeted capital investment and infrastructure sector and related sanitation and building maintenance programs.

The deputy Lina Pedraza, Minister of Finance and Prices, introducing the draft 2015 Budget Law said revenue is expected to grow by six percent and expenditures by 10 percent, which will result in a fiscal deficit of five thousand 563 million 400 thousand pesos, representing 6.2 percent of gross domestic product, current prices.

Included are the financial resources for granting subsidies to people to take constructive action in their homes, to gradually face the aging population, the incorporation of graduates and continuity of wage policy, approved by the Public Health Sector and launched in May this year.

The planned net income of 48 thousand 991 million pesos, with a large weight in the coming of the tax system as a fundamental source for the state budget; hence the importance of insisting on civic culture fulfilling this social duty.

Pedraza stressed the need for close monitoring of retail mercantile circulation plans of enterprises of Commerce and Gastronomy, of the inventories, of bank deposits by sales, all of which means that the control in the base has an increasing relevance and is associated with the resources made available to each municipality.

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Speech by Cuban FM at Opening of Cuban Embassy in the US
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla delivered a speech at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban embassy in Washington DC this morning. Cuba News Agency now reproduces the full text of his speech: Her Excellency Mrs. Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State; Officials of the US Government accompanying her; Honorable members of Congress;... Leer más
Publicado: Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla delivered a speech at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban embassy in Washington DC this morning.

Cuba News Agency now reproduces the full text of his speech:

Her Excellency Mrs. Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State;

Officials of the US Government accompanying her;

Honorable members of Congress;

Esteemed Representatives of the US Organizations, Movements and Institutions who have made huge efforts in favor of the change of the US Cuba policy and the improvement of bilateral relations;

Esteemed Representatives of the Organizations and Movements of the patriotic emigration;

Distinguished Ambassadors;

Comrades of the Cuban Delegation;

José Ramón Cabañas, Chargé D’ Affairs;

Officials and workers of the Cuban Embassy;

Esteemed friends;

The flag that we revere at the entrance of this room is the same that was hauled down here 54 years ago, which was zealously kept in Florida by a family of liberators and later on by the Museum of our eastern city of Las Tunas, as a sort of premonition that this day would certainly come.

Flying once again in this place is the lone-star flag which embodies the generous blood that was shed, the sacrifices made and the struggle waged for more than one hundred years by our people for their national independence and full self-determination, facing the most serious challenges and risks.

Today we pay homage to all those who died in its defense and renew the commitment of the present generations, fully confident on the newer ones, to serve it with honor.

We evoke the memory of José Martí, who was fully devoted to the struggle for the freedom of Cuba and managed to get a profound knowledge about the United States:  In his “North American Scenes” he made a vivid description of the great nation to the North and extolled its virtues.  He also bequeathed to us a warning against its excessive craving for domination which was confirmed by a long history of disagreements.

We’ve been able to make it through this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose ideas we will always revere with utmost loyalty.  We now recall his presence in this city, in April of 1959, with the purpose of promoting fair bilateral relations, as well as the sincere tribute he paid to Lincoln and Washington.  The purposes that brought him to this country on such an early time are the same that have pursued throughout these decades and coincide exactly with the ones that we pursue today.  Many in this room, whether politicians, journalists, outstanding personalities in the fields of arts or sciences, students or American social activists, have been able to treasure unlimited hours of enriching talks with the Commander, which allowed them to have a better understanding of our reasons, goals and decisions.

This ceremony has been possible thanks to the free and unshakable will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people and also the strength of the Cuban Nation and its culture.

Several generations of the revolutionary diplomacy have converged in this effort and offered their martyrs.  The example and vibrant speech of Raúl Roa, the Chancellor of Dignity, have continued to inspire Cuba’s foreign policy and will remain forever in the memory of the younger generations and future diplomats.

I bring greetings from President Raúl Castro, as an expression of the good will and sound determination to move forward, through a dialogue based on mutual respect and sovereign equality, to a civilized coexistence, even despite the differences that exist between both governments, which makes it possible to solve bilateral problems and promote cooperation and the development of mutually beneficial relations, just as both peoples desire and deserve.

We know that this would contribute to peace, development, equity and stability in the continent; the implementation of the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter and in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, which was signed at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States held in Havana.

Today, the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the re-opening of embassies complete the first stage of the bilateral dialogue and pave the way to the complex and certainly long process towards the normalization of bilateral relations.

The challenge is huge because there have never been normal relations between the United States of America and Cuba, in spite of  the one and a half century of intensive and enriching links that have existed between both peoples.

The Platt Amendment, imposed in 1902 under a military occupation, thwarted the liberation efforts that had counted on the participation or the sympathy of quite a few American citizens and led to the usurpation of a piece of Cuban territory in Guantánamo. Its nefarious consequences left an indelible mark in our common history.

In 1959, the United States refused to accept the existence of a fully independent small and neighboring island and much less, a few years later, a socialist Revolution that was forced to defend itself and has embodied, ever since then, our people’s will.

I have referred to History to reaffirm that today an opportunity has opened up to begin working in order to establish new bilateral relations, quite different from whatever existed in the past. The Cuban government is fully committed to that.

Only the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade which has caused so much harm and suffering to our people; the return of the occupied territory in Guantánamo and the respect for Cuba’s sovereignty will lend some meaning to the historic event that we are witnessing today.

Every step forward will receive the recognition and the favorable acceptance of our people and government, and most certainly the encouragement and approval of Latin America and the Caribbean and the entire world.

We reaffirm Cuba’s willingness to move towards the normalization of relations with the United States in a constructive spirit, but without any prejudice whatsoever to our independence or any interference in the affairs that fall under the exclusive sovereignty of Cubans.

To insist in the attainment of obsolete and unjust goals, only hoping for a mere change in the methods to achieve them will not legitimize them or favor the national interest of the United States or its citizens.  However, should that be the case, we would be ready to face the challenge.

We will engage in this process, as was written by President Raúl Castro in his letter of July 1st to President Obama, “encouraged by the reciprocal intention of developing respectful and cooperative relations between our peoples and governments.”

From this Embassy, we will continue to work tirelessly to promote cultural, economic, scientific, academic and sports relations as well as friendly ties between our peoples.

We would like to convey the Cuban government’s respect and recognition to the President of the United States for urging the US Congress to lift the blockade as well as for the change of policy that he has announced, but in particular for the disposition he has showed to make use of his executive powers for that purpose.

We are particularly reminded of President Carter’s decision to open the respective Interests Sections back in September of 1977.
I am pleased to express my gratitude to the Government of the Swiss Confederation for having represented the Cuban interests for the last 24 years.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Cuba, I would like to express our gratitude to the members of Congress, scholars, religious leaders, activists, solidarity groups, business people and so many US citizens who worked so hard for so many years so that this day would come.

To the majority of Cubans residing in the United States who have advocated and called for a different kind of relation of this country with our Nation, we would like to express our recognition. Deeply moved, they have told us that they would multiply their efforts and will remain faithful to the legacy of the patriotic emigration that supported the ideals of independence.

We would like to express our gratitude to our Latin American and Caribbean brothers and sisters who have resolutely supported our country and called for a new chapter in the relations between the United States and Cuba, as was done, with extraordinary perseverance, by a lot of friends from all over the world.

I reiterate our recognition to the governments represented here by the Diplomatic Corps, whose voice and vote at the UN General Assembly and other fora  made a decisive contribution.

From this country José Martí organized the Cuban Revolutionary Party to conquer freedom, all the justice and the full dignity of human beings.  His ideas, which were heroically vindicated in his centennial year, continue to be the main inspiration that moves us along the path that our people have sovereignly chosen.

Thank you, very much.

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Funeral rites for Fidel Castro begin in Havana
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn
 The funeral rites for the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro will begin at 9 AM this Monday when Havana people will go to the Jos Marti Memorial to pay their homage.
 
Twenty-one-gun salute from the Cabaña fortress on Havana Bay will mark the beginning of the activities, while at the same time a similar ceremony will happen in Santiago de Cuba.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the Revolution Square, and all over the country, thousands of places have been prepared for people to sign a document to show their commitment to carry out the legacy of Fidel Castro.
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Publicado:  The funeral rites for the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro will begin at 9 AM this Monday when Havana people will go to the Jos Marti Memorial to pay their homage.
 
Twenty-one-gun salute from the Cabaña fortress on Havana Bay will mark the beginning of the activities, while at the same time a similar ceremony will happen in Santiago de Cuba.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the Revolution Square, and all over the country, thousands of places have been prepared for people to sign a document to show their commitment to carry out the legacy of Fidel Castro.
 
The ashes of the Commander in Chief will be laid at the Memorial for people to show their respects till 10 PM, while tomorrow the same activity will last till noon, while at 7 PM there will be a mass gathering in the Revolution Square
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Caravan of Freedom starts its journey through Cuba
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn

 The Caravan of Freedom, carrying the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, started its journey through Cuba on its way to Santiago de Cuba.
 
The journey began at 7 AM from the headquarters of the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces, and it will be another moment for millions of Cubans to pay Fidel its well-deserved tribute all the way to the eastern city where it will arrive on December 3rd.
 
The Caravan will travel on the same route that the one in January 1959, led by Fidel, who departed from Santiago with the Rebel Army after the Triumph of the Revolution.

» Raul Castro says farewell to Fidel in the Revolution Square

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Publicado:  The Caravan of Freedom, carrying the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, started its journey through Cuba on its way to Santiago de Cuba.
 
The journey began at 7 AM from the headquarters of the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces, and it will be another moment for millions of Cubans to pay Fidel its well-deserved tribute all the way to the eastern city where it will arrive on December 3rd.
 
The Caravan will travel on the same route that the one in January 1959, led by Fidel, who departed from Santiago with the Rebel Army after the Triumph of the Revolution.
 
That time it started on January 2nd and on its way to Havana through villages and cities it received the popular support till it arrived in Havana on January 8th after travelling over a thousand kilometers. | GMT-05:00
 
Vice President of the Cuban Council of Ministers Receives FM of Nigeria
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
 The Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Ulises Rosales del Toro, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama, who is on an official visit to Cuba. During the cordial meeting, held on Wednesday afternoon, the two parties spoke about the historic cultural bonds and the bonds of cooperation and solidarity that exist between Nigeria and Cuba, and referred to the common willingness to continue  ... Leer más
Publicado:  The Vice President of the Council of Ministers, Ulises Rosales del Toro, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama, who is on an official visit to Cuba.

During the cordial meeting, held on Wednesday afternoon, the two parties spoke about the historic cultural bonds and the bonds of cooperation and solidarity that exist between Nigeria and Cuba, and referred to the common willingness to continue developing bonds between the two nations, the Granma daily reported.

The occasion was also favorable to talk about topics on the regional and international agendas.

Accompanying the distinguished visitor were Vivian Okeke, director of the Department for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Nigerian Foreign Ministry;  Eyobong O. Efretuei, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria to Havana, and other officials of the diplomatic mission.

Cuba was also represented at the meeting by Angel Villa, director for sub-Saharan Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other officials of that ministry. | GMT-05:00
 
Fidel Castro´s funeral cortege departs from Camaguey
Por: Cuban News Agency, ACN
 On the day that marks the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Granma yacht, the funeral cortege that carries the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro departed for eastern Cuba.
 
The Caravan of Freedom, as the cortege is known, spent the night at the Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square of this city, 550 kilometers east of Havana. There, the Camaguey top officials had received it in the early hours of Thursday night.
 
During the night, tens of thousands of people came to pay their last tribute, and despite of the drizzle, many stayed all night long, singing revolutionary songs and chanting I am Fidel.
 
The Caravan is traveling Cuba in reverse from the one led by Fidel in January 1959, when he led it from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, right after the triumph of the Revolution.... Leer más
Publicado: On the day that marks the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Granma yacht, the funeral cortege that carries the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro departed for eastern Cuba.
 
 The Caravan of Freedom, as the cortege is known, spent the night at the Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square of this city, 550 kilometers east of Havana. There, the Camaguey top officials had received it in the early hours of Thursday night.
 
During the night, tens of thousands of people came to pay their last tribute, and despite of the drizzle, many stayed all night long, singing revolutionary songs and chanting I am Fidel.
 
The Caravan is traveling Cuba in reverse from the one led by Fidel in January 1959, when he led it from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, right after the triumph of the Revolution.
 
The cortege will now move to Las Tunas, and later to Holguin, before tonight´s stop in Bayamo city, in the eastern province of Granma. The ashes will rest at the Ñico Lopez museum, former Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrison, the one attack by Fidel´s forces on July 26, 1953 at the same time Fidel was trying to take the Moncada garrison in Santiago de Cuba.
 
A vigil will be held at the Homeland Square in Bayamo, the place where Fidel delivered his last July 26 speech before getting sick in 2006.
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Mass assembly this Tuesday in Havana to pay homage to Fidel
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn

T he historic Revolution Square in Havana city will be the venue this Tuesday night of a large mass assembly tonight to pay tribute to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.
 
Several heads of Government and State from all over the world as well as important personalities will join the Cuban people to pay a last tribute to Fidel Castro.
 
At 7 Am Wednesday November 30, will begin from the Granma Hall at the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces headquarters, the moving of the ashes of the Revolution leader to Santiago de Cuba on the same route the Caravan of Freedom took back in January 1959. 

» Russian leaders speak of Fidel Castro’s legacy

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Publicado:  The historic Revolution Square in Havana city will be the venue this Tuesday night of a large mass assembly tonight to pay tribute to Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.
 
Several heads of Government and State from all over the world as well as important personalities will join the Cuban people to pay a last tribute to Fidel Castro.
 
At 7 Am Wednesday November 30, will begin from the Granma Hall at the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces headquarters, the moving of the ashes of the Revolution leader to Santiago de Cuba on the same route the Caravan of Freedom took back in January 1959.    
 
Cuban radio and TV networks will broadcast live the mass assembly and the beginning of the moving of the ashes.

» Russian leaders speak of Fidel Castro’s legacy
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Funeral rites for Fidel Castro to last 9 days
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn
Publicado: The Organizing Commission of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, the State and the Government of the funeral rites for Commander in Chief Fidel Castro announced the schedule of those activities.
 
According to a press release, from November 28 at 9 AM till 10 PM, the people of Havana city can pay homage to their late leader at the Jose Marti Memorial in the Revolution Square. The following day, they can do it till noon.
 
Throughout the country, those two days, places will be set up for the Cuban people to pay their respects and sign a solemn oath to fulfill the concept of Revolution given by Fidel on May Day 2000, as an expression of their willingness to give continuity to his ideas and the Socialism
 
On November 29, there will be a mass gathering at 7 PM in the Havana´s Revolution Square.   Next morning, the Cuban leader´s ashes will be taken on the same itinerary he followed to arrive in Havana from Santiago the Cuba in the Victory Caravan in January 1959.
 
The ashes will arrive in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 3, and that day, at 7 PM, there will be a mass gathering in the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square.
 
On December 4, at 7 AM, the burial ceremony will take place at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
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Cuba´s State Council declares 9 day National Mourning
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn
Publicado: On the occasion of the death of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, the Council of State declared a 9 day national mourning to start this November 26 at 6 Am till December 4 at noon.
 
The statement indicates that during those nine days all public activities and shows will be suspended, the national flag will fly at half-mast in public buildings and military units, and the radio and TV stations will broadcast patriotic, historical and informational programs.
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Caravan of Freedom continues its journey from Santa Clara
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn
 The streets early this morning to say good-bye to the cortege carrying the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro which spent the night at the Ernesto Guevara memorial.
 
The first hours of this Thursday were characterized by the shows of love and respect from thousands of people that were standing along the roads the Caravan will take on its way to the east region.
 
Many of them didn’t even sleep since they were at the Revolution Square in this city in a vigil. Thirty youngsters, with pictures of Fidel in different stages of his life, were standing to give their last farewell.

� Raul Castro says farewell to Fidel in the Revolution Square
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Publicado:  The streets early this morning to say good-bye to the cortege carrying the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro which spent the night at the Ernesto Guevara memorial.
 
The first hours of this Thursday were characterized by the shows of love and respect from thousands of people that were standing along the roads the Caravan will take on its way to the east region.
 
Many of them didn’t even sleep since they were at the Revolution Square in this city in a vigil. Thirty youngsters, with pictures of Fidel in different stages of his life, were standing to give their last farewell.
 
The Caravan passed in front of the Jose Marti provincial library where on January 6, 1959; Fidel addressed the people of this city for the first time on his way to Havana.
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Russian leaders speak of Fidel Castro’s legacy
Por: Cuban News Agency, acn
Publicado: Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov and military chiefs Fiodor Ladiguin and Alexander Staravoitov highlighted today in Moscow the influence of Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz on the history of humanity, Prensa Latina News Agency reported.
 
According to Lavrov, Fidel Castro made a great contribution to "guarantee the presence of morale in the international arena, something that we lack so much now," he said after signing the book of condolence at the Cuban diplomatic mission in the Russian capital.
 
The dignitary stressed that Fidel was present in the beginning of relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union, as well as contemporary Russia, and was a defender of universal values such as the need for freedom, truth and justice.
 
Colonel-General Ladiguin, former head of the Russian General Staff Headquarters, said that Fidel is a world-class figure and one of the greatest politicians of the 20th and 21st centuries.
 
He affirmed that he had the luck to meet at least 10 times with Fidel and could perceive in him an extraordinary man, capable of deepen on the processes of humanity and able to predict future trends.
 
He was an internationalist revolutionary who taught us to live in a different way, not only the people of Cuba, but also the peoples of Latin America and other latitudes. He died, but his cause lives in Cuba and that will be the main monument to his memory, stated Ladiguin.
 
Army General Staravoitov, who at the time headed the Federal Communications Agency of the Government, noted that a lucid beacon for all the honest people in the world left with Fidel.
 
He was at the head of the legion that faced imperialism, and his name will always be with us and always inspire us in the great causes, he said.
 
Staravoitov added that there are very few men like the leader of the Cuban Revolution. His strong image of unyielding fighter will be an example for new generations of people and leaders. I consider him a great personality, not only of our time, but of all of universal history.
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