Fidel Castro’s boots, binoculars and jeep on display in Cuba’s newest museum

HAVANA, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – A bust of Fidel Castro of Chinese Xi Jinping, the army jeep he drove through Cuba in, his well-worn boots and Russian-made assault rifle are just a few examples longtime Cuban leader. goods on display in a new museum in his honor.

The “Centro Fidel Castro”, housed in an elegant mansion in the chic Vedado district of Havana, opened its doors on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the death of the Cuban revolutionary. The Communist government says it hopes the center will help spread Castro’s message to visitors, local and foreign.

“You cannot tell the story of Fidel Castro’s life without telling the story of the Cuban revolution,” said Sissi Abay Diaz of the center. “They are inseparable.”

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Castro, a Cold War icon who built a communist state on a Caribbean island at the gates of the United States and for five decades defied American efforts to overthrow it, died aged 90 in November 2016 .

The center showcases Castro’s legacy and ideas in several exhibition halls, an amphitheater, bookstore, gardens as well as an extensive library, including books written by novelist and island resident Ernest Hemingway.

Exhibits include photos with Colombian author and close confidant Gabriel García Márquez, as well as Castro’s weapons, backpack and military cap that accompanied him from the Sierra Maestra mountains in eastern Cuba to the capital Havana during the 1959 revolution that overthrew the US-backed dictator. Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Castro’s death closes a long and tumultuous chapter in Latin American history. The bearded leader has been demonized by the United States and its allies for his crackdown on dissent at home and support for rebellion abroad, but admired by many leftists around the world, especially in Latin America and Africa. Africa.

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Reporting by Reuters TV and Nelson Acosta; edited by Dave Sherwood and Mark Heinrich

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