by Bargis Tryhol on 04/12/16 at 2:29 pm
Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) – (SatireWorld.com)
Fidel Castro’s ashes were entombed in a massive stone next to national heroes on Sunday, as Cuba opens a new era without the communist leader who ruled for decades and killed or jailed dissenters in order to stay in power. In what’s being called the cheapest funeral for a national leader since Mussolini’s demise in 1944.
President Raul Castro placed his brother’s ashes he scraped from a large glass ashtray into a cedar-lined cigar box. It was then placed inside the tall round monolith near the mausoleums of 19th century independence icon Jose Marti and comrades of Castro’s rebellion in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.
Capping a week of massive tributes, a simple, dark green marble plaque bearing just his first name — “Fidel” — was placed over the niche at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
Raul Castro gave a military salute at the private ceremony attended by his family and some foreign dignitaries, including Latin American allies from Venezuela and Nicaragua, according to official photos.
“There were no speeches. It was very simple. There were just the ashes that were interred, the family, the government and officials,” French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, who was criticized in her country for defending Castro’s human rights record, told AFP after the hour-long funeral.
Castro, who died on November 25 at age 90, was revered by supporters for the free health care and education he spread across the island, but vilified by dissidents who saw him as a brutal dictator.