Fidel Castro

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Person.png Fidel Castro   IMDB Sourcewatch Spartacus WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Lawyer, politician, revolutionary)
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BornFidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
August 13, 1926
Birán, Holguin Province, Cuba
Died25 November 2016 (Age 90)
Havana, Cuba
Alma materUniversity of Havana
Children • Fidel Ángel Castro Diaz-Balart
• Alina Fernández-Revuelta
• Alexis Castro-Soto Alejandro Castro-Soto
• Antonio Castro-Soto Angel Castro-Soto
• Alex Castro-Soto Jorge Angel Castro Laborde
• Francisca Pupo
SpouseMirta Diaz-Balart
Perpetrator ofCuban Revolution
PartyOrthodox Party, 26th of July Movement, Communist Party of Cuba
Relatives • Raúl Castro Ruz
• Emma Castro Ruz Agustina Castro Ruz
• Ramon Castro Ruz
• Angela Castro Ruz
• Juana Castro
• Ruz Pedro Emilio Castro Argota
• Manuel Castro Argota Lidia Castro Argota
• Antonia Maria Castro Argota Georgina Castro Argota
• Martin Castro
Survived an estimated 600 assassination attempts to be the longest ever non-royal leader.

Employment.png President of Cuba Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
December 2, 1976 - February 24, 2008
Succeeded byRaúl Castro

Employment.png President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba

In office
December 2, 1976 - February 24, 2008

Employment.png Prime Minister of Cuba

In office
February 16, 1959 - December 2, 1976

Employment.png Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement

In office
September 16, 2006 - February 24, 2008
Succeeded byRaúl Castro

Employment.png Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement

In office
September 10, 1979 - March 6, 1983

Fidel Castro (13 August 1926 – 25 November 2016) was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba for 47 years as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as President from 1976 to 2006 (de jure until 2008).

Staunch opponent of Apartheid

Fidel Castro was a staunch opponent of Apartheid, and a hero to Nelson Mandela.[1]

Eulogising Castro

George Galloway wrote:

“Fidel Castro did not die. He is not dead, he lives-on in all of us and in the lives of our children, even though as yet unborn. And that is why these gold-tooth, scar faces are dancing in Miami today, because they think that they will be going back to business as it was before.
"The greatest legacy of Fidel Castro is that Cuba will never ever again be anybody’s casino, anybody’s bordello. It is a free country, thanks to the Cuban revolution and its leader Fidel Castro, one of the greatest human beings who ever lived, who ever walked this earth.
"We were privileged to live in his era. Some of us were privileged to be his comrade and friend and to spend many hours with him.
"He is not gone. Hasta la victoria siempre, Comandante Fidel Castro!"[2]

Leaders pay their respects

On 30 November 2016, Fidel Castro’s ashes began a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago.[3] A number of South American leaders indicated they would attend his funeral on Sunday, 4 December 2016: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, whose late mentor Hugo Chavez had a special bond with Castro, Ecuador's Rafael Correa, Bolivia's Evo Morales, Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, Salvadorean President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Two southern African presidents will also fly to Cuba: South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. But the European Union may be represented by just one leader: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Other notable Europeans attending include: Ireland's Gerry Adams and Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos. UK Prime Minister Theresa May, France's President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are all staying away.[4] However, they will be sending government representatives. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry will attend to represent the UK's Labour Party.[5]

Fidel Castro watches the Bay of Pigs Invasion


An event carried out

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An appointment by Fidel Castro

Pedro Luis Díaz LanzHead of The Cuban Air Force1 January 195929 June 1959Sacked by Fidel Castro after voicing opposition to communism.


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