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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.”

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Cuban flag flies at half mast at Revolution Square. PHOTO- REUTERS

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.

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Cubans mourn the death of their former President

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.

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Students light candles in honour of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the Havana University.

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.

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro

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.

3 Responses to Cuba declares nine days of mourning in honour of Former President

  1. Taan Abed
    Taan Abed November 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    May he rest in peace

    Reply
  2. Alex Alleyne November 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    “FITTING”.

    Reply
  3. Walter Prescod November 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    R.I.P. El Commandente

    Reply

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