Caravan with Fidel's Ashes will Follow Historic Route

When tomorrow is reedited the Caravan of Liberty with Fidel''s remains, and transits through this center-south city, it will be a course following the original route made by him and his bearded rebels in January, 1959.
This was explained to the press by the first secretary of the Communist Party of this province, Lidia Esther Brunet, who highlighted the signs of sorrow and respect expressed by the people of Cienfuegos during the days of homage Monday and Tuesday.
Since the middle of 1960, the natural route of access to the city is the known the double-lane road that links the north with the Paseo del Prado, main artery of the small city.
But the Caravan will transit as Fidel's column di don the night of January 6, 1959, fiurst the so-called road of Manacas and then the road of Dolores, then the traditional door of the town founded in 1819 and whose historic center is included in the list of Heritage of Humanity, declared so by Unesco.
Already in the heart of the provincial capital, the expedition of tribute, between Wednesday and Saturday will carry the ashes of the historic leader of the Revolution to Santiago de Cuba, will touch three places the column touched in that journey to end in the morning hours of January 7.
The sites were the present Naval Museum, located in what was once the South Naval District, then cay of Cayo Loco, epicenter of the uprising of sailors and militias of the 26th of July Movement which on September 5, 1957, took control of the city for almost 24 hours.
Such an action, the most relevant of the urban battle against the Fulgencio Batista regime, was the reason why Fidel took a detour from his route through the Central Road, to come render tribute to the martyrs of that heroic deed.
Another scenario that history included in its pages that night was that of the municipal Hall, today Government Palace and venue of the provincial administration, in front of which from an improvised tribune Fidel spoke before hunhdreds of Cienfuegos' neighbors congregated there.
The following day before resuming their trip to the Cuban capital, Fidel received reporters of national and international media who wanted to have his impressions of the triumphant Revolution before he entered Havana.
This same building knew then about the first steps of the young revolutionary, arrested on November 12, 1950 in the pólice station annexed to the building when he was to speak in support of a strike of secondary students of the city.
The restaurant Covadong, referent in the Cuban gastronomic history of the 20th Century for its specialties in seafood and the paella of Valencia, contributed to replace energies to the guerrilla leader in the early hours of January 7.
A local photographer left graphic evidence of the meeting of Fidel with Asturian emigrant Maria Llanosk, known as Maria Covadonga, who managed the commercial outlet.
The photo in giant format is point of attraction for Cubans and foreigners who visit each year the restaurant located in the main touristic zone of Cienfuegos, called Punta Gorda.
By the traffic circle standing since then in front of the Covadonga will pass tomorrow the caravan to continue the historic route, this time in opposed direction toward the east and the Heroic City of Santiago de Cuba, where from Sunday onward will rest the ashes of he considered by many as the greatest statesman of the 20th Century.
Through all the route the inhabitants of Cienfuegos will say 'Until forever, Commandant' to he who was unquestionable protagonist of Cuban history for over six decades.


Prena Latina