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Fidel Castro Apparently Irked By Comrades’ Neglect

Apparently Irked By Comrades’ Neglect
Dan Kedmey June 4, 2014

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former and revolutionary leader, makes a
rare public appearance to attend the inauguration of an art gallery in
Havana on Jan. 8, 2014
Sven Creutzmann—Mambo Photo/Getty Images
Cuba’s 87-year-old ex-president acknowledged that he would have sent
flowers for a deceased colleague, if only someone had told him about the

Cuba’s ex-president Fidel Castro published a rare confession on the
front page of a communist party daily Tuesday: His comrades are keeping
him out of the loop.

CNN reports that Castro, 87, acknowledged that he missed the funeral of
an old colleague, former volleyball coach Eugenio George, because no one
had thought to tell him the news.

“Many comrades noticed the absence of a floral arrangement from us,” he
wrote in Granma. “I always admired him but did not know of his passing
until some hours later.”

The thinly-veiled rebuke comes as Castro’s role in state affairs quietly
recedes from public view. Once famous for his four-hour-long speaking
marathons and minute oversight of every facet of the , Castro
relinquished power to his brother in 2008 after he was
diagnosed for an undisclosed intestinal illness. He staged a brief
return in 2012, writing hundreds of columns on issues ranging from
international affairs to yoga, before retiring again from the public stage.

Source: Fidel Castro Apparently Irked By Comrades’ Neglect | TIME –

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