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Cubans line up for hours to pay last respects to Castro

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 01:23

Throngs of Cubans line up well into the evening to pay their final respects to their former president Fidel Castro as workers set up for a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Preparations are underway in Havana ahead of a ceremony to remember the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. His death has drawn mixed reactions overseas, and only a scattering of world leaders are expected to attend on Tuesday. But as night falls over the historic Revolution Square, the queue of Cuban mourners waiting to pay their last respects to Castro shows no sign of dwindling. "This is a very sad moment, I never thought that this date would come", this woman says. Castro led a leftist revolution, ruled for half a century and resisted the U.S. throughout the Cold War. His admirers consider him a revolutionary champion of the poor -- "I am compelled to be here because I am part of the people," this professor says. His critics, however, view him as an oppressive dictator who ruined the economy through socialism. Castro was cremated on Saturday, and his ashes will remain in the square for two days. His brother Raul Castro, who he ceded power to a decade ago, swore allegiance to the revolution along with other government minister earlier in the day. His ashes will later be carried to Santiago de Cuba, where he first launched his revolution.

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Cubans line up for hours to pay last respects to Castro

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 01:23