Funeral set for Fidel Castro

The funeral for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is set for Dec. 4.  Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the former ruler’s remains are scheduled to be cremated on Saturday.

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.

 

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