Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro’s ashes begin journey
HAVANA | Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro’s ashes began a more than 500-mile journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years.
Just after 7 a.m., an honor guard placed a small, flag-draped cedar coffin under a glass dome on a trailer behind the Russian jeep. Thousands of soldiers and state security agents saluted the 90-year-old leader’s remains as they rolled slowly out of Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution and east into the countryside. Tens of thousands of Cubans lined the path of the funeral procession, which retraced the path of Castro’s triumphant march into Havana nearly six decades ago.
The ashes will be interred Sunday.