Funeral plan for Fidel Castro set up as the world gives mixed reactions
As a nine-day of mourning following the death of their legendary leader Fidel Castro at the age of 90 last Saturday still continues, they will see their leader's remains be taken a cross-country tour from Havana to Santiago de Cuba retracing in reverse the route Castro assumed power in 1959.
His ashes will be buried in a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, on December 4, 2016. The city is where Castro grew up and studied.
Some of the world's leftist leaders are planning to attend the ceremony, including the Jeremy Corbyn, UK's Labour Party leader, and Ireland's Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. However, it is still unknown whether US president Barack Obama will pay his last respects to Castro. As of November 27, 2016, no official announcement was made on who will represent the U.S to pay the last tribute to the bearded socialist leader.
US President-elect Donald Trump is one of the world's leaders who cheered and welcomed the socialist leader's death as stated on his Twitter "Fidel Castro is dead!". Castro's sister, Juanita Castro is not going to attend her brother funeral, as she is against her brother's authoritarian rule. Juanita has been living in Miami for 51 years and stated her commitment to standing by Cuban exiles despite feeling the loss of a brother, as NBC reported.
Castro toppled the military dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and took over the presidency. He transformed the tiny Caribbean state into a socialist country with a free access to health care, education, and housing. He survived over 600 assassination attempts and survived 10 US Presidents, making him a role model as a leader who fought bravely against the Western imperialism. Moreover, Castro was known for strongly opposing US intervention in the Caribbean, as written by CNN
As US President Barack Obama normalized ties with Cuba, the relationship between the two countries is uncertain after Donald Trump is elected as the new President of the US. If Trump snubs what Obama has done, this will bring the relationship back to the past 50 years, .