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Cuba: Santiago prepares to lay Castro's ashes to rest02:31

Cuba: Santiago prepares to lay Castro's ashes to rest

Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
December 3, 2016 at 01:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Santiago de Cuba prepared to receive the caravan with former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s ashes, Friday. His ashes have travelled the 800km (497 mile) journey from Havana, to be laid to rest beside another Cuban national hero Jose Marti, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.

Hundreds of volunteers helped prepared the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square for a final farewell event on Saturday, and supporters lined the streets with posters and pictures of the former leader.

Hundreds of thousands of Castro's supporters are expected to attend the rally on Saturday and to accompany the caravan as it heads towards the cemetery. The private burial ceremony will be for family members only.

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Santiago de Cuba prepared to receive the caravan with former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s ashes, Friday. His ashes have travelled the 800km (497 mile) journey from Havana, to be laid to rest beside another Cuban national hero Jose Marti, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.

Hundreds of volunteers helped prepared the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square for a final farewell event on Saturday, and supporters lined the streets with posters and pictures of the former leader.

Hundreds of thousands of Castro's supporters are expected to attend the rally on Saturday and to accompany the caravan as it heads towards the cemetery. The private burial ceremony will be for family members only.

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