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Happy Birthday Comrade Fidel - 89 Years Today!

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Cubans celebrate Fidel's 89th on eve of John Kerry's visit



HAVANA, Cuba -- Cubans mark retired President Fidel Castro's 89th birthday today with the traditional pomp and pageantry that have characterised the occasion over the years in this island of close to 12 million inhabitants.


Castro, born August 13 1926 in Cuba's eastern Oriente Province, was one of the key figures of the 1959 Revolution that helped topple fascist dictator Fulgencio Batista and later reshape the Cuban society from one which concentrated on the wealthy to a worker-driven economic structure.


Some, with whom the Jamaica Observer spoke, said that Castro's birthday is usually marked with celebration and fanfare, though not to the magnitude as other days of greater historical significance, among them Cuban Revolution Day.


"Fidel is not a man who cares about fanfare ... strange enough as it might seem, he doesn't like when the spotlight is so much on him," said Havana native Alexandra Rodriquez.


That sentiment is expressed anywhere you venture, even in the craft markets and other souvenir spots where limited images of the man who led Cuba from 1959 to 1976 as prime minister, before his nomenclature was changed to president in 1976 until his retirement from public life in 2008 due to failing health .


"You won't find many things of Fidel here, because Fidel doesn't like that. You will find souvenirs of "Che", Havana vendor Julio Sanchez said of Fidel's revolutionary partner, Argentine-born Ernesto Guevara, who was assassinated in Bolivia and who political analysts say was the "brain" behind the revolution.



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