Fidel Castro, 87, makes rare public appearance

By REUTERS
January 9, 2014 21:17




HAVANA - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance on Wednesday evening at the opening of a Havana cultural center sponsored by one of his favorite Cuban artists.

State television on Thursday broadcast images of Castro arriving at the cultural center in a blue van, to the applause of local residents.

The bearded, grey haired Cuban leader, 87, was also shown sitting and chatting with Alexis Leyva, the painter and sculptor known as Kcho, and others attending the opening.

A witness, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters a stooped Castro arrived in the evening and entered the building with the help of aides and a cane, after briefly talking with well wishers in the Playa municipality of Havana.

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