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Cuba: Havana's Revolution Square readied for events to honour Fidel Castro02:06

Cuba: Havana's Revolution Square readied for events to honour Fidel Castro

Cuba, Havana
November 27, 2016 at 19:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Flags flew at half-mast on Revolution Square in Havana, Sunday, as officials began preparations for the start of a series of commemorations for deceased revolutionary and former President of the Cuban Republic Fidel Castro.

Castro often addressed crowds from Revolutionary Square and so a tour of his remains will begin at the site and continue on a journey across the country before being interred. The former leader's remains will be buried in Santiago de Cuba at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery on December 4.

Cubans expressed sorrow at the death of their former leader, with one person stating that it was a death that would be felt not only in Cuba "but the whole world." Another citizen said that Cuba hadn't lost a man but "rather a symbol."

Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide.

A key member of the Cuban Revolution, Castro and his allies ousted the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, before going on to found a Cuban socialist state.

He served as prime minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, surviving a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from the frontline of Cuban politics.

Cuba: Havana's Revolution Square readied for events to honour Fidel Castro02:06
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Flags flew at half-mast on Revolution Square in Havana, Sunday, as officials began preparations for the start of a series of commemorations for deceased revolutionary and former President of the Cuban Republic Fidel Castro.

Castro often addressed crowds from Revolutionary Square and so a tour of his remains will begin at the site and continue on a journey across the country before being interred. The former leader's remains will be buried in Santiago de Cuba at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery on December 4.

Cubans expressed sorrow at the death of their former leader, with one person stating that it was a death that would be felt not only in Cuba "but the whole world." Another citizen said that Cuba hadn't lost a man but "rather a symbol."

Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide.

A key member of the Cuban Revolution, Castro and his allies ousted the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, before going on to found a Cuban socialist state.

He served as prime minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, surviving a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from the frontline of Cuban politics.

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