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Cuba: Castro's ashes arrive at final destination in Santiago de Cuba02:27

Cuba: Castro's ashes arrive at final destination in Santiago de Cuba

Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
December 3, 2016 at 23:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands lined the streets of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday to welcome the ashes of former Cuban President Fidel Castro to their final destination after a 550 mile (900km) trail across the country.

Cubans greeted the funeral cortege waving flags and wearing national colours. The ashes made a four-day cross-country tour from Havana, retracing in reverse the route he took when the revolution triumphed in 1959. His ashes will be entombed in a cemetery in the city on Sunday.

Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from 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.

Cuba: Castro's ashes arrive at final destination in Santiago de Cuba02:27
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Thousands lined the streets of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday to welcome the ashes of former Cuban President Fidel Castro to their final destination after a 550 mile (900km) trail across the country.

Cubans greeted the funeral cortege waving flags and wearing national colours. The ashes made a four-day cross-country tour from Havana, retracing in reverse the route he took when the revolution triumphed in 1959. His ashes will be entombed in a cemetery in the city on Sunday.

Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, November 25, prompting emotional responses from 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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