ATHENS – Fidel Castro was the leader of the world’s Left, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday following the death of the Cuban Communist revolutionary.
The Greek leader posted a message on Facebook in which he spoke of the political left-wing’s loss of an historical figure amid tumultuous times.
“The generation that is departing leaves behind an enormous historical, symbolic and political legacy that we must maintain in extremely difficult conditions,” said Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza party.
He spoke of the failure of neoliberal politics in a world where the socialist vision had yet to find a new calling.
Tsipras republished the message that Castro had sent to him upon winning the Greek general elections in 2015: “In the current political conditions on our planet, every decision, more than ever, must be analyzed and applied with caution.”
“Goodbye Commander. Until the victory of the people, always!” the Greek minister concluded, referencing the popular slogan of the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
The Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, a member of the Coalition of the Radical Left, said Castro had been a firm friend of Greece and Cyprus.
He added that Castro would be remembered for his “valiant fight” as well as remaining a political point of reference in the struggle for liberation.
Castro died late on Friday at the age of 90. The news was announced in an address on state television shortly thereafter by the leader’s brother and current president, Raul Castro.