Fidel Castro’s last wish: No tributes or monuments

  • Cuban President said they will pass law banning monuments or tribute for fallen leader
  • He said it was keeping with brother’s wish not to be idolized after his death
  • Castro had avoided putting his name in public places when he was still alive

HAVANA, Cuba – No monuments, tributes or anything of the like for Fidel Castro.

Paying homage to his late brother in the eastern city of Santiago on Saturday, Cuban President Raul Castro told mourners and followers of the legendary revolutionary figure that they will pass a law banning the construction of monuments or naming of any buildings, places or streets after him in deference to his final wish.

“Once dead, his name and likeness would never be used on institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, and that busts, statutes or other forms of tribute would never be erected,” the Guardian quoted him as saying.

Image from Wikimedia Commons
Image from Wikimedia Commons


The younger Castro said his brother had expressly eschewed the idea of becoming a god-like figure among Cubans up to his final breath.

“The leader of the revolution rejected any manifestation of a cult of personality,” he said. “His attitude was consistent until the final hours of his life, insisting that once he died, his name and his image would never be used to denominate institutions, plazas, parks, avenues, streets or other public places.”

During his lifetime, Castro had avoided putting his name in public places to avoid reverence among followers — a stark contrast to the norm followed by countries with authoritarian regimes.

In the days leading to his final internment in his hometown, thousands mourned and treated Castro to one final act of adulation.

A larger-than-life figure in Cuba who embraced Soviet-style communism, Castro saw 10 different US presidents come and go and survived possibly hundreds of assassination attempts orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).