Cuba declares nine days of mourning in honour of Former President
Source: AP: The Cuban government has declared nine days of national mourning for the death of Fidel Castro, ending when his remains are interred on Dec. 4.
Public activities and events will be canceled, and the Cuban flag will fly at half-mast. The Council of State says state radio and television “will maintain informative, patriotic and historic programming.”
Cuba’s government says the remains of Fidel Castro will be interred in the eastern city of Santiago that was key to his early life and his revolution.
State media say Cubans throughout the country will be invited to pay homage to Castro on Monday and Tuesday by signing a “solemn oath of complying with the concept of the revolution.”
There will then be a mass gathering in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution, where Castro often addressed huge crowds.
His ashes will make a cross-country tour starting Wednesday from Havana to Santiago, retracing in reverse the route Castro took when the revolution triumphed in 1959.
He’s to be interred in a Santiago cemetery on Dec. 4. Castro grew up near Santiago and attended school there as a youth.
Cuban state television is carrying special programming celebrating the life of Castro.
The programming includes footage from years past of Castro giving speeches on revolutionary struggle.
Castro stepped down from the presidency provisionally in 2006 due to a severe illness, and left office permanently two years later.
He was succeeded by his younger brother Raul.