Thousands attend memorial honoring Castro in Cuba
Thousands of Cubans were filing through a memorial in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution on Monday as the nation plunged into a week of services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.
One of the first in line was Tania Jimenez, 53, a mathematician who arrived at 4 a.m. carrying a rose.
“Fidel is everything to us, the soul of this country who gave everything, all his life,” Jimenez said in tears.
A nine-story image of a young Castro joined the towering images of fallen guerrillas overlooking the massive square. The government also said Cubans would “sign a solemn oath to carry out the concept of the revolutionary” as expressed by the late leader, but that activity did not appear to be taking place at the site of the tribute of Fidel.
Since his death on Friday night, state-run newspapers, television and radio have been running wall-towall tributes to Castro.