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Cuba: Havana celebrates Castro's 90th birthday01:35

Cuba: Havana celebrates Castro's 90th birthday

Cuba, Havana
August 13, 2016 at 15:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

Cubans in Havana remember Fidel Castro's historical legacy on his 90th birthday, Saturday.

A special edition of the Communist party newspaper Granma came out dedicated to the former president's birthday, while billboards and signs around the Cuban capital paid tribute the country's famous leader.

To commemorate his birthday, cultural activities were organised throughout the country, even though it is not known if Castro will appear in public.

"Like Fidel no one is ever going to be born again. He always sacrificed for the people and to benefit the people," said Olivia Gonzalez, a resident of Havana.

Born of Spanish heritage on August 13, 1926, on his father's farm, Fidel Castro grew up in the Cuban countryside, before being sent to study with the Jesuits and later at the University of Havana.

He led the revolution that overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Castro faced up to the United States and developed a socialist model that influenced the history of the twentieth century in Latin America and other developing countries.

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Cubans in Havana remember Fidel Castro's historical legacy on his 90th birthday, Saturday.

A special edition of the Communist party newspaper Granma came out dedicated to the former president's birthday, while billboards and signs around the Cuban capital paid tribute the country's famous leader.

To commemorate his birthday, cultural activities were organised throughout the country, even though it is not known if Castro will appear in public.

"Like Fidel no one is ever going to be born again. He always sacrificed for the people and to benefit the people," said Olivia Gonzalez, a resident of Havana.

Born of Spanish heritage on August 13, 1926, on his father's farm, Fidel Castro grew up in the Cuban countryside, before being sent to study with the Jesuits and later at the University of Havana.

He led the revolution that overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Castro faced up to the United States and developed a socialist model that influenced the history of the twentieth century in Latin America and other developing countries.

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