There are new concerns over Cuban President Fidel Castro’s health after he sustained an injury in a fall. The communist leader had just finished speaking at a graduation ceremony close to the mausoleum which holds the remains of fellow revolutionary Che Guevara. He tripped as he returned to his seat and was helped into a chair by bodyguards. His fall reduced some of the 30,000 strong crowd to tears.
But Castro quickly took to the microphone and said there was no cause for alarm: “I ask your forgiveness for having fallen. To prevent speculation, I observe I have a fracture in the knee and maybe in the arm too, I am not sure yet. But I am sure I am in one piece.” Castro added that he wanted no sadness. Whilst he was to be whisked to hospital he wanted the show to go on.