Thou­sands at­tend me­mo­rial hon­or­ing Castro in Cuba

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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