Cuba bids farewell to Castro as ashes are taken to final resting place

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By Euronews
Cuba bids farewell to Castro as ashes are taken to final resting place

<p>There were solemn scenes in Havana on Wednesday as a box containing the ashes of Fidel Castro – draped in the red, white and blue national flag – was placed on a trailer at the start of the revolutionary leader’s last journey across Cuba.</p> <p>Towed by a military jeep, the casket was driven through the streets of the capital where the people he ruled for half a century before handing over to his brother, turned out en masse to bid a fond, final farewell.</p> <p>This was the beginning of a 900 kilometre trek eastward over four days that will take the 90-year old’s remains to Santiago de Cuba where Sunday’s internment will mark the culmination of nine days of mourning.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cuba returning Castro's ashes to birthplace of the Revolution <a href="https://t.co/jECOXCZqAI">https://t.co/jECOXCZqAI</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/803860419727200256">30 novembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <p>Leaders of major world powers have been noticeable by their absence in Cuba where Castro’s cortege is retracing the route – in reverse – taken by his revolutionaries in their victory march to the capital in 1959.</p>