Beijing Residents Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro – China Will Defend Cuba

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Original Chinese Language Text By: Beijing News Reporter Wang Fei (王飞)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Today, a number Beijing residents spontaneously gathered outside the Cuban Embassy (situsted in the Xiushui South Street area of Chaoyang District), to express their heartfelt and sincere sorrow for the passing of the great Cuban Revolutionary leader – Fidel Castro.  The Chinese citizens affixed photographs of Fidel Castro to the outer-wall surrounding the Cuban Embassy, with many people offering bunches of chrysanthemum flowers, which were carefully placed at the foot of each Fidel Castro portrait.

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This activity began around 8:30 am, when several Beijing residents gathered outside the Cuban Embassy to pay tribute to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, during which the Cuban national flag at the embassy, was also lowered to half-mast.  Beijing News had reported earlier that morning (local time) on the 26th of November, that the Cuban leader – Raul Castro – had issued a nationally televised speech, announcing that the Cuban Revolutionary leader – Fidel Castro – had died at the age of 90 years old.

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Cuban Embassy staff facilitated this group of around 10 concerned Chinese residents to approach the Embassy wall, and assisted with the preparations of this deeply respectful and moving act of mourning. Once the portraits and flowers were in position, the Chinese citizens gave speeches praising Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution, and the Cuban people, stating that there has always been a close relationship between China and Cuba, and that this relationship will continue to stand, emphasising that China will defend Cuba from any external threats.

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One Chinese mourner stated that ‘Fidel Castro was a great world leader who has always been a friend of China.  I, and many other people, were sad to hear the news of his passing last night, and this is why we planned this simple demonstration of our respect.’  When the speeches were completed, the Chinese citizens stood in a line and respectfully ‘bowed’ in the direction of the Fidel Castro portraits.  The Cuban Embassy staff stated that they were very appreciative of this unplanned demonstration of Chinese-Cuban solidarity, and added that an official ceremony would be enacted in due course.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://www.rmzxb.com.cn/c/2016-11-27/1173593.shtml

北京市民献花悼念卡斯特罗 古巴驻华使馆降半旗

北京市朝阳区秀水南街的古巴驻中国大使馆外已经聚集一些市民前来悼念菲德尔·卡斯特罗,一位市民在读哀悼词。 大使馆外市民贴上印有卡斯特罗形象画的纸。

大使馆外张贴着卡斯特罗讲话的照片前摆放市民献的花。新京报记者 王飞 摄

新京报快讯(记者李明)今日上午8点半左右,数名北京市民聚集在古巴驻华使馆外,献花悼念已故古巴领袖卡斯特罗,使馆内古巴国旗也降至半旗处。

据新京报此前报道,当地时间26日凌晨,古巴领导人劳尔·卡斯特罗发表全国电视讲话时宣布,古巴革命领袖菲德尔·卡斯特罗逝世,享年90岁。

今天上午8点半左右,在朝阳区秀水南街1号古巴驻华使馆门外,近10名市民携带鲜花束和花圈前来,自发悼念古巴革命领袖菲德尔·卡斯特罗。在使馆工作人员的协调下,悼念市民在使馆大门宣传栏旁完成献花仪式,并鞠躬致敬。一名宋姓市民告诉新京报记者,自己关注卡斯特罗多年,敬仰其领袖精神。“昨日得知卡斯特罗逝世消息,很是悲痛,昨晚简单准备后,今日一早就从住处赶来悼念。”

新京报(微信公号ID:bjnews_xjb)记者看到,使馆主楼门前的古巴国旗已降至半旗处,一名使馆工作人员告诉记者,今天使馆暂无举行公开悼念活动的计划。

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