EFF wishes Fidel Castro a happy birthday

The EFF says the party is guided by the solidarity which led the Cuban revolutionary struggles.

FILE: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As thousands of Cuban nationals gather long Havana's seafront celebrating retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro turning 90 today, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has congratulated Castro for what it calls the selfless, inspirational and revolutionary contribution he has made in advancing a free world.

At the age of 27, Castro led the 26 July movement in 1953 for the overthrow of the Kleptocratic regime of Fulgencio Batista.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the party is guided by the solidarity which led the Cuban revolutionary struggles.

"On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Castro, we wish him good health in his old age and we also say victory forever."



On the stroke of midnight, a live band played "Happy Birthday" in honour of the iconic leftist revolutionary on the "Anti-imperialist Tribune", a plaza located outside the newly-opened US embassy, while fireworks exploded on the other side of the bay.

Colourful floats carrying dancers and salsa bands stretched for kilometres down the Malecon, as Havana's annual carnival was combined this year with Fidel's birthday concert.

"This is the best gift we can give him, this party," said dancer Leydis Campos, 25, decked in a skimpy limegreen outfit, her eyelids caked in glitter.

"To 90 years past, and to 90 more!"