Flags at Plaza de Armas Huaraz at half-mast to commemorate Fidel Castro

T ourists that have paid a visit to the Plaza de Armas might have noticed that the Huaraz flag, as the Peruvian national flag were at half-mast today. The Huaraz Telegraph learned after a quick survey that this is most likely to commemorate ¨el Comandante¨ Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, who passed away three days ago in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

The former leader of the Cuban Revolution had a gesture of solidarity with Peru after the Great Earthquake on May 31st, 1970. He and more than one hundred thousand Cuban citizens donated blood for the victims of the earthquake and subsequent flood in Yungay. This gesture at the time was extraordinary because Peru and Cuba still did not have diplomatic relations. Later that week in 1970, many Cuban doctors came to the Ancash region to offer first aid to the wounded.

A photo immortalised the famous moment where the back than 44-year-old Prime Minister of Cuba and revolutionary decided to donate blood to the Peruvian people in an unknown clinic on the largest island in the Caribbean. One of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders died aged 90. Fidel´s death was announced on Cuban state television in the early morning on Saturday.

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