Granma | 06 February, 2017
Photo: Eduardo Palomares
SANTIAGO DE CUBA.- The continual stream of visitors to the monumental rock safeguarding the ashes of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery here, including more than 150,000 Cubans and others from abroad, bears witness to the abiding relevance of his ideas and example.
Yudy García Delís, administrator of the Santiago cemetery reported to Granma, yesterday February 5, that since December 4 when the site was opened to the public, no less than 2,000 visitors a day have come to honor Fidel, paying their respects and expressing gratitude.
Among the most recent of the 30,000 international visitors was a delegation from the Judicial Federation of Argentina carrying a flag dedicated to the undefeated Comandante; a group of Italian supporters of the Revolution; and several Iranian friends who read a poem.
Cubans at the site the day this reporter visited included National Revolutionary Police Lieutenant Faustino Castillo Fuentes from Güira de Melena, and Néstor P. Milián from an agricultural cooperative in Artemisa, along with another group from Villa Clara.
People from all walks of life and all of the country’s provinces arrive bearing flowers and leaving messages, like Havana elementary school student Frank Miguel Hechavarría Lara.
Martha Hernández Cobas from the City Conservator’s Office reported that international visitors include those from the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and many Latin American countries, all agreeing on Fidel’s greatness and his contribution to the world’s just causes.
She likewise noted the importance of sharing Fidel’s legacy along with that of Cuba’s national hero José Martí, with whom the Comandante identified so strongly, and whose mausoleum is located in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery as well.