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Cuba: Thousands bid farewell to Fidel as leader’s ashes pass through Placetas00:36

Cuba: Thousands bid farewell to Fidel as leader’s ashes pass through Placetas

Cuba, Placetas
December 1, 2016 at 07:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Cubans bid farewell to the late Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro as his ashes were carried through the city of Placetas, late on Wednesday evening, as the funeral procession for the revolutionary leader made its way from Havana to Santiago de Cuba where Castro's remains will be interred.

Earlier on Wednesday the ashes began a 550-mile (900 kilometre) journey from the Cuban capital to the east of the island where the Cuban leader's ashes will be interred at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba on December 4. Castro's ashes are to be left over night at the Che Guevara Mausoleum.

The procession route follows the reverse path of the victory tour Castro and his allies made after ousting the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide.

He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul Castro and slowly withdrew from the front-line of Cuban politics.

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Thousands of Cubans bid farewell to the late Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro as his ashes were carried through the city of Placetas, late on Wednesday evening, as the funeral procession for the revolutionary leader made its way from Havana to Santiago de Cuba where Castro's remains will be interred.

Earlier on Wednesday the ashes began a 550-mile (900 kilometre) journey from the Cuban capital to the east of the island where the Cuban leader's ashes will be interred at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba on December 4. Castro's ashes are to be left over night at the Che Guevara Mausoleum.

The procession route follows the reverse path of the victory tour Castro and his allies made after ousting the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide.

He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul Castro and slowly withdrew from the front-line of Cuban politics.

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