A sombre mood hung over Havana’s seafront which, at this time of the year, would normally be buzzing with carnival preparations. But the festivities have been cancelled following the illness of Fidel Castro that has caused him to temporarily hand over power to his brother Raul.
Facing an uncertain future Cubans have been expressing mixed views.
“Nothing is going to happen, everything will be OK,” said one man. “The people are prepared. This is a political process over 40 years old, everything’s fine.”
“The entire population is worried. Without him we are nothing,” said another.
Three days after the ailing Castro transferred power to his brother, Cuba is still waiting to see or hear from either man. But a senior aide said the communist leader was “very alert and resting” after undergoing intestinal surgery.