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Tributes to Castro at memorial service

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 01:13

Presidents pay tribute to Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro at a memorial service in Havana. Paul Chapman reports.

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Few leaders of the world's major powers attended the memorial service for Fidel Castro in Havana. They sent second-tier dignitaries instead while offering condolences. But many leaders of Latin America's left were there in person to join tens of thousands of Cubans at the event in Revolution Square. Castro's brother Raul led the tributes, saying he'd led a socialist revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble. Bolivia's President Evo Morales said he would miss Castro, asking who would be his teacher now. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said his country affirmed its unconditional support to the Cuban people at this time. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Castro the eternal dreamer, the eternal rebel. Also on Tuesday members of Castro's family joined the honour guard at a shrine bearing his favourite portrait of himself. Cuba's gone into nine days of official mourning. Castro's already been cremated. His ashes were due to leave Havana on Wednesday for his final resting place, Santiago de Cuba.

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Tributes to Castro at memorial service

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 01:13