Foto: Agencia Cubana de Noticias (Acn).

Vigil in Havana for those who died at the Saratoga Hotel

Thousands of people gathered today Friday at a vigil in Havana to remember the victims of the Saratoga hotel.

Relatives of the deceased approached a small stage to deposit flowers and lighted candles in front of their portraits.

At nine o’clock at night, a minute of silence was observed for all the victims.

The act was headed by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and other authorities. Representatives from the fire department, public health, rescuers and hotel employees were also invited.

The vigil was followed from other Cuban provinces through TV.

A mass and vigil in tribute to the Saratoga Hotel victims

This act had a replica in the eastern city of Holguín, where a vigil was also held to remember those who died in the fateful event that has shocked Cuban society.

Yesterday a mass for the souls of the deceased took place in the cathedral of Havana, offered by the hotel workers. Cuba has decreed two days of official mourning.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), 46 people died in the accident and almost a hundred were injured. Numerous material damages were also recorded.

In addition to the hotel, at least 17 buildings were damaged, including the Martí theater, opened in 1884, and a Baptist church.

The evening will last until midnight.


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