Fidel Castro

T&T flags to be flown at half-mast today to mourn Fidel Castro's passing

The Ministry of National Security is asking that flags be flown at half-mast today to recognise the passing of Cuban president Fidel Castro.

The Ministry sent out the following statement in this regard.

"The Ministry of National Security is advising all state and non-state agencies and all Trinidad and Tobago diplomatic missions abroad that the National Flag of Trinidad and Tobago is to be flown at half-mast on Friday 2nd December, 2016 only in observance of the passing of former President of the Republic of Cuba, Mr. Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro has died

Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.