Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro’s ashes be­gin jour­ney

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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