Students pay homage to Fidel Castro at his alma mater

His name written on the arm.
His portrait drawn on the brick.
Students paid their condolences on November 26 on the steps of University of Havana, where revolutionary leader Fidel Castro studied law some 70 years ago.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Luis Silva, Cuban Student
“For me he is a tremendous man who guided the Cuban revolution. Personally and logically, he is someone very important for me. I have come here for participation and show my condolences and respect for him.”

At the law faculty of the university, Castro emerged as a political leader, later became a revolutionary, initiated guerrilla war, overthrew U.S.-supported dictatorship, and revived Cuba as an independent and dignified country on the largest island of the Caribbean.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Sergio Rivas, Cuban Student
“The future is us, but guided by him. We continue, as we did. Together with the ideas of Ernesto Che Guevara, the ideas of our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro will continue. Cuba goes on and everyone in the world must know that.”

Castro died one day earlier at the age of 90, after leading Cuba for almost 5 decades as a socialist state at the doorstep of the United States.

Together with photos, posters and flowers, hundreds of students signed a book of condolences to express their love and remembrance for the towering figure.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Andy Diaz, Cuban Student
“His death has moved all the young people, because he has deposited in us this revolution and told us that we should carry it on. He is a great leader who trusted the Cuban youth.”

Official tributes to Castro will begin on November 28 at Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square, and his ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4.

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