Comments by Brazil’s leftist president seemed simple enough, but one part of his speech left some wondering whether Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is still alive.
No new videos or pictures of Castro have been released since mid-September, and the death rumors are surfacing again.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula is very close to Castro, and journalists in Brazil broke the story about Castro’s cancer months ago. Time Magazine recently confirmed the story.
“You know that I love the Cuban revolution. I only regret that Fidel Castro didn’t make a political opening while he was still alive,” Lula said.
“I think what he said is that he thinks; he thinks that Fidel is dying,” said distinguished author and political analyst Carlos Alberto Montaner.
Montaner’s thoughts were echoed by Dr. Manuel Cereijo, who monitors Castro’s daily activities and has not seen any activity in the last month. Cereijo agreed that Brazil is a good source on Cuba.
“They are very close, and they have very good intelligence in Cuba,” Cereijo said. “What sources of intelligence tell and what we can find out, he is on chemotherapy, Castro is, and he is not responding (well),” Cereijo said.
“I think that Fidel is very ill and probably he has undergone a second surgery,” Montaner said.
Castro is not dead yet, but Lula’s slip of the tongue fired a firestorm of speculation.
Montaner said the regime does not want to exhibit a sickly Castro. Early on, the government labeled Castro’s illness a state secret.