Council of State of the Republic of Cuba announces Days of National Mourning

Press release by the Organizing Commission

fidel_castroOn the occasion of the demise of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba declares nine days of National Mourning, from 6 a.m. on Nov. 26, until noon on Dec. 4, 2016.

For as long as the National Mourning is in place, public activities and shows shall not be held, the national flag shall be flown at half-staff in public buildings and military facilities. The radio and television shall broadcast informative, patriotic and historic programs.

The Organizing Commission of the Central Committee of the Party, the State and the Government for the funeral honors of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, informs the population that from Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., in the José Martí Memorial, the population of the capital city will be able to pay a befitting tribute to their leader, which will extend until Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. until noon.

On Nov. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., in the locations that will be timely informed in each locality, including the capital city, all Cubans will have the possibility to pay tribute and sign a solemn oath to fulfill the concept of the Revolution, expressed by our historic leader on May 1st, 2000, as an expression of the resolve to continue his ideas and our socialism.

On Nov. 29, at 7 p .m., a mass rally will take place at José Martí Revolution Square in the capital city.

On the next day, his ashes will be carried following the same itinerary that remembers the Caravan of Freedom of January 1959, until the province of Santiago de Cuba, ending on Dec. 3.

On this same day, at 7 p.m., a mass rally will take place in Antonio Maceo square.

The inhumation ceremony will take place at 7 a.m. on Dec. 4, at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.

Likewise, our people are advised that the Military Review and march of the combatant people for the 60th Anniversary of the landing of the members of the Granma Yacht expedition, the day of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, is postponed and will be held on Jan. 2, 2017.

Organizing Commission

Miguel Fraga
First Secretary
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba