Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro's ashes begin final journey

Published 30/11/2016

Young Cubans hold pictures of Fidel Castro at the rally at the Revolution Plaza in Havana (AP)
Young Cubans hold pictures of Fidel Castro at the rally at the Revolution Plaza in Havana (AP)

Fidel Castro's ashes have begun a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago.

The remains of the 90-year-old leader were taken out of Cuba's Defence Ministry and placed in a small coffin covered by a Cuban flag to begin the 500-mile procession.

His ashes will be interred on Sunday, ending the nine-day mourning period for the man who ruled the country for nearly 50 years.

The route traces in reverse the victory tour Mr Castro and his bearded rebels took after overthrowing the forces of strongman Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

The caravan will pass through rural communities significantly changed by social and economic reforms he adopted.

Many residents now have access to health care and education. But many of those towns are also in a prolonged economic collapse, the country's once-dominant sugar industry decimated, the sugar mills and plantations gone.

Thousands of Cubans lined the streets of Havana, some sleeping on pavements overnight, to bid goodbye to Mr Castro.

Many had attended a massive rally on Tuesday night at Havana's Revolution Plaza, where the presidents of Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and South Africa, along with leaders of a host of smaller nations, offered speeches paying tribute to Mr Castro, who died Friday night.

The crowds at the rally and along Wednesday's procession route were a mix of people attending on their own and groups of Cubans organised by government workplaces, where attendance was not strictly obligatory but with strong pressure to attend.

Some groups of government workers slept on the streets because all public transport had been commandeered to move people to Castro-related activities.

CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Camaguey, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the Carretera Central, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the Carretera Central, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Camaguey, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
People wait along the Carretera Central to see the convoy carrying the urn with the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on December 1, 2016, during its four-day journey across the island for burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
People wait along the Carretera Central to see the convoy carrying the urn with the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on December 1, 2016, during its four-day journey across the island for burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Camaguey, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Cubans wait for the passage of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Camaguey, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the military wait for the urn with the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro as it is driven through Camagüey, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A boy waits for the urn with the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro as it is driven through Camagüey, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Local residents pay homage as the urn with the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Camagüey, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: A child stands on the side of the road as she awaits the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Cubans cry while waiting for the arrival of the convoy carrying the remains of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Cienfuegos, 240 km southeast from Havana, on December 1, 2016. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Residents wait for the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro to be driven through Camaguey province, Cuba, on December 2, 2016, during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Residents wait for the ashes of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro to be driven through Camaguey province, Cuba, on December 2, 2016, during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People on trucks head towards the convoy carrying the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in Jatibonico, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: School children chant 'Yo soy Fidel,' or 'I am Fidel' in English, as the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on their four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: A girl with 'I am Fidel' written on her face waits on the side of the road for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on their four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: Schoolchildren with 'I am Fidel' written on their faces wait on the side of the road for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on their four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: A man with 'Viva Fidel' written on his face waits by the side road for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: School children chant 'Yo soy Fidel,' or 'I am Fidel' in English, as the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on their four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the side road while waiting for the caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on its four-day journey across the country December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CAMAGUEY, CUBA - DECEMBER 02: People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 2, 2016 in Camaguey, Cuba. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A woman cries as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, November 30, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers cry after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. AFP/Getty Images
Women comfort one another after being overcome with grief after watching the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro travel down the famous Malecon seaside boulevard November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street to watch as a military escort passes with the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People leave after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People leave after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A horseman leaves after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A woman pauses after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street to watch a military escort pass with the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People leave after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line one side of the highway to pay their respect to the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro during their four-day journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line after watching a military escort pass with the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
EL MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People leave after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in El Maja, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People ride in trucks after watching the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A boy holds a photograph of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Camilo Cienfuegos after watching Castro's remains pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People ride in trucks after watching the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A boy holds a photograph of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Camilo Cienfuegos after watching Castro's remains pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People ride in trucks after watching the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: The remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass underneath a traffic bridge during their four-day journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SANCTI SPIRITUS, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line one side of the highway to pay their respect to the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro during their four-day journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba December 1, 2016 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MAJA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People ride in trucks after watching the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by during their four-day journey across the country December 1, 2016 in Maja, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A man holds a portrait of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at his house in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, before the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the city on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
People wait for the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro to be driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
People wait for the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro to be driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A man holds a portrait of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at his house in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, before the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the city on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A man rides his bike by poster depicting late Cuban leader Fidel Castro at his house in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, before the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the city on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
People look as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
Children cheer as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
A girl looks as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
Children cheer as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
A woman cries as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
The half brother of late revolutionary leaders Fidel Castro and President Raul Castro, Martin Castro Batista, offers an interview to AFP on November 30, 2016 at his house in Biran, birthplace of the Castro brothers, in the province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
The half brother of late revolutionary leaders Fidel Castro and President Raul Castro, Martin Castro Batista, offers an interview to AFP on November 30, 2016 at his house in Biran, birthplace of the Castro brothers, in the province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Soldiers cry after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A museum guide stands next to a drawing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November 30, 2016 at the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of Fidel and his brother President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Picture taken on on November 30, 2016 of the school at the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
People visit on November 30, 2016 the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A museum guide on November 30, 2016 shows around the main house of the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A museum guide waits for visitors on November 30, 2016 at the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A museum guide is pictured on November 30, 2016 at the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
People visit on November 30, 2016 the main house of the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks on November 30, 2016 in the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A peasant works on November 30, 2016 in the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A museum guide on November 30, 2016 shows around the main house of the Castro family home-turned-museum in Biran, birthplace of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, in the Cuban province of Holguin, about 800 km east of Havana. Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 in Havana on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Yamil LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - High school students wait the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier is comforted after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. AFP/Getty Images
People waves Cuban flags as, placed in a small coffin covered by a Cuban flag, the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro depart from the town of Santa Clara, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Castro's ashes completed in Santa Clara the first leg of a cross-country trip, a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A woman cries as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier cries after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: An image of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro is seen as people line the street to watch the convoy of vehicles escorting his remains during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: People line the street into the evening as they await the vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on November 30, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People watch from a blacony as the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro passes by during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A soldier salutes as the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street to watch the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street to watch the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A young woman holds pictures of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro after watching the convoy carrying his remains pass-by during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street to watch the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass-by during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during a journey across the country to Santiago de Cuba where he will be buried, on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People line the street in anticipation of seeing the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro as they make their cross-country journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Castro, the revolutionary leader who brought communism to his island nation in 1959, died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CUBA - DECEMBER 01: People sit on their rooftop to get a better view as the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro pass by on their cross-country journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba on December 1, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. Castro, the revolutionary leader who brought communism to his island nation in 1959, died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers cry after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Soldiers comfort each other after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier cries after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A girl cries after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman and a soldier cry after the urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was driven through Santa Clara on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across Cuba, with islanders lining the roads to bid farewell to the late communist icon. Castro died at 90 on November 25, 2016 and will be buried in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A man cries as he sees a jeep carrying the ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro passing by, in Matanzas, Cuba, starting a four-day journey across the island, on November 30, 2016. A military jeep carried the ashes of Fidel Castro along streets lined with hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Cubans in Havana on Wednesday, starting a four-day journey to his final resting place across the island. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, on November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
A man shows a Cuban one-peso note which bears an image of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, at Havana's Cojimar neighbourhood on November 29, 2016, as tributes to the late former president are being held all around the country. Castro died late November 25 in Havana at age 90. His ashes will be buried in the historic southeastern city of Santiago on December 4 after a four-day procession through the country. / AFP PHOTO / Pedro PARDOPEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
People queue to enter Jose Marti's memorial to pay their last respects to Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro at Revolution Square in Havana, on November 28, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
People gather at Revolution Square to pay homage to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans swarmed Havana's Revolution Square for a tearful tribute to Fidel Castro on Monday while his brother, Raul, led a private ceremony in front of the late communist icon's ashes. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Girls wait for the arrival of the caravan carrying the ashes of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro during a funeral procession that retraces the path of his triumphant march into Havana nearly six decades ago, in Esperanza, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Castro's ashes have begun a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
People participate in a massive rally at Revolution Square in Havana in honor of late leader Fidel Castro. Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, on November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is seen in Cienfuegos 240 km to Havana, on November 30, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
ESPANA REPUBLICANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: Ministry of Interior troops hold a Cuban flag as they wait for military caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidal Castro to pass during their four-day journey across the country November 30, 2016 in Espana Republicana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died on November 25 at 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A military car tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in CienFuego. Fidel Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: School children wait for the arrival of the vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: People line the street as they await the arrival of the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: People are overcome with emotion after watching the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro pass by during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: People line the street as they await the arrival of the convoy of vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: School children react as a helicopter passes overheaad announcing the arrival of the vehicles escorting the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro along the streets during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ESPANA REPUBLICANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: People line the road to watch as a military vehicle passes towing the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Espana Republicana, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ESPANA REPUBLICANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: Ministry of Interior troops hold a Cuban flag as they wait for military caravan transporting the remains of former Cuban President Fidal Castro to pass during their four-day journey across the country November 30, 2016 in Espana Republicana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brough commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Castro died on November 25 at the age of 90. old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CARDENAS, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of former President of Cuba Fidel Castro during the journey across the country for his burial on November 30, 2016 in Cardenas, Cuba. Mr. Castro died on November 25th at the age of 90 and the country is in the midst of a 9 day mourning period that lasts until his funeral on Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A member of the political and social organization "Movimiento Antorchista" holds a banner during a tribute to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the Hemiciclo a Juarez monument in Mexico City on November 30, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLAALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A woman with 'Fidel' written on her forehand wails after joining thousands of other Cubans who lined the famous Malecon seaside boulevard to pay their respects as to former Cuban President Fidel Castro's remains began their journey across the country November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Placed in a small coffin, covered by a Cuban flag, the ashes of Fidel Castro are driven along the streets of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Castro's ashes have begun a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago.(AP Photo/Enric Marti)
HAVANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A military truck pulls a trailer with the flag-draped chest that holds the remains of former President Fidel Castro as thousands of Cubans line the famous Malecon seaside boulevard to pay their respects November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing Cuban soldiers carrying the urn with the ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Havana to start the "caravan of freedom" on November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / CUBADEBATE.CU / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / www.cubadebate.cu" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS HO/AFP/Getty Images
Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing Cuban soldiers carrying the urn with the ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Havana to start the "caravan of freedom" on November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / CUBADEBATE.CU / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / www.cubadebate.cu" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS HO/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: A woman with 'Fidel' painted on her face joins thousands of other people as they line the famous Malecon seaside boulevard waiting to pay their respects to former Cuban President Fidel Castro as his remains are transported across the island November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a final four-day journey across Cuba, on November 30, 2016. The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
HAVANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: With the Hotel Nacional rising in the background, thousands of people line the famous Malecon seaside boulevard waiting to pay their respects to former Cuban President Fidel Castro as his remains are transported across the island November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HAVANA, CUBA - NOVEMBER 30: Students paint the word 'Fidel' on their faces as they join thousands of others to line the famous Malecon seaside boulevard waiting to pay their respects to former Cuban President Fidel Castro as his remains are transported across the island November 30, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The revolutionary leader who brought commmunism to his island nation in 1959, Fidel Castro died November 25 at the age 90 years old. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A picture of Fidel Castro is held during a rally honoring the late Cuban leader at the Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Schools and government offices were closed Tuesday for a second day of homage to Fidel Castro, with the day ending in a rally on the wide plaza where the Cuban leader delivered fiery speeches to mammoth crowds in the years after he seized power.Fidel Castro passed away Friday Nov. 25. He was 90.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
People gather at the Revolution Square to pay homage to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban President Raul Castro addresses a massive rally on Revolution Square in Havana on November 29, 2016 in honor of late leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETOJUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A woman holds a portrait of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro during a rally at the Revolution Square to pay homage to him, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A man holds a portrait of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro during a rally at the Revolution Square to pay homage to him, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman criesduring a massive rally at Revolution Square to pay homage to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDTRONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

"We love the comandante and I think it's our obligation to be here and see him out," said Mercedes Antunez, 59, who was bused in by the state athletics organisation from her home in east Havana along with fellow employees.

Tuesday's rally began with black-and-white revolution-era footage of Mr Castro and other guerrillas on a big screen and the playing of the Cuban national anthem.

Raul Castro closed the rally with a speech thanking world leaders for their words of praise for his brother, whom he called the leader of a revolution "for the humble, and by the humble".

South African President Jacob Zuma praised Cuba under Mr Castro for its record on education and health care and its support for African independence struggles.

Mr Castro will be remembered as "a great fighter for the idea that the poor have a right to live with dignity", Mr Zuma told the crowd.

For two days, lines stretched for hours outside the Plaza of the Revolution, the heart of government power.

In Havana and across the island, people signed condolence books and an oath of loyalty to Mr Castro's sweeping May 2000 proclamation of the Cuban revolution as an unending battle for socialism, nationalism and an outsize role for the island on the world stage.

Inside the memorial, thousands walked through three rooms with near-identical displays featuring the 1962 Alberto Korda photograph of the young Castro in the Sierra Maestra mountains, bouquets of white flowers and an array of Castro's medals against a black backdrop, framed by honour guards of soldiers and children in school uniforms. The ashes did not appear to be on display.

Signs read: "The Cuban Communist Party is the only legitimate heir of the legacy and authority of the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution, comrade Fidel Castro."

AP

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph