Brazilian President, Lula da Silva, has met with former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. During his visit to Havana on Wednesday, Brazil’s head of state described the 83 year old as looking ‘exceptionally good’.
At the meeting, Brazilian press were able to get close to current ruler, Raul Castro, questioning him about the death of Orlando Zapata. Responding to the reporters, President Castro said: “You have a lot of questions? I can imagine what the first one is. About the man who died on hunger strike. We very much regret it. Unfortunately in this confrontation that we have with the United States, we have lost thousands of Cubans.”
Whilst the President’s expression of regret is unprecedented, he does imply the US is partly to blame for Zapata’s death. A post on a Cuban government website implicated Washington, but it has since been taken down.
Zapata’s funeral is due to take place on Thursday in the eastern province of Holguin.