Day of mourning in Cuba
Communist authorities in Havana ordered a national day of mourning for Mandela, calling him a “model revolutionary,” and broadcasting photos and videos of him embracing Fidel Castro during a visit to the island in 1991.
Mandela’s leftist roots made him a longtime sympathizer of Castro, and Mandela credited Cuba’s Cold War-era military interventions in Africa in the 1970s and 1980s as helping to defeat apartheid. Cuban troops fought directly against South African forces during the civil war in Angola, and Mandela said that news of Cuban battlefield victories reached him in his prison cell.
There was no immediate statement on his death from the ailing Castro, 87.
— Nick Miroff