It is confirmation of his emergence from four years of seclusion. The former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has made a public appearance at ceremonies in Havana to mark the anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution. He also spoke to an audience of intellectuals, musicians and artists. He commented on the latest tension between Colombia and Venezuela, and on controversial plans to build US military bases in Colombia.
Fidel Castro said: “I think they are demonstrating the level of irresponsibility of the empire. They do not control, and have no control, over their actions. I say jokingly, but in all seriousness, that they belong to pre-history.”
President Raul Castro was expected to speak at the main celebration marking the 57th anniversary of the start of the revolution. But he was only a spectator at the event, and Fidel Castro did not attend. A speech was given by the Vice President, who said Cuba would not rush into reforms for its troubled economy.