In death, just as in life— Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is dividing world leaders and public opinion alike as heads of state in many western countries hesitate to send high-level delegations to the official funeral.
It was confirmed that neither U.S. President Barack Obama, nor Vice President Joe Biden would attend the funeral. Answering a question to reporters, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters to “stay tuned” as to which top U.S. officials, if any, would attend the funeral, scheduled for Dec. 4.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau faced the wrath of the internet both at home and abroad for his public statement on Castro’s passing, praising him as a great leader and joining the likes of Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad who released glowing tributes.
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras went one step further, issuing a Tweet saying “Farewell Comandante”
Αντίο κομαντάντε. Ως την παντοτινή νίκη των λαών. https://t.co/oZxgNmfaIn
— Alexis Tsipras (@atsipras) November 26, 2016
Tsipras’ ruling Syriza party also issued a statement on Castro’s death, praising him for teaching his country “dignity, struggle, solidarity, justice and courage” and that the “star of Fidel Castro will shine forever.” A Tweet from Syriza noted that “history vindicated” Fidel Castro.
— ΣΥΡΙΖΑ (@syriza_gr) November 26, 2016
Tsipras is en route to Cuba for the funeral, scheduled for December 4.