Fidel Cas­tro’s ashes interred in pri­vate cer­e­mony in Cuba

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

SAN­TI­AGO | Fidel Cas­tro’s ashes were interred in a pri­vate cer­e­mony Sun­day morn­ing, end­ing nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a cen­tury.

The mil­i­tary car­a­van bear­ing his re­mains in a flag-draped cedar cof­fin left the Plaza of the Rev­o­lu­tion in the eastern city of San­ti­ago at 6:39 a.m. Thou­sands of peo­ple lined the twom­ile route to Santa Ifi­ge­nia ceme­tery, wav­ing Cuban flags and shout­ing “Long live Fidel!”

Photographs taken by Cuban state me­dia showed that the in­ter­ment was presided over by Cas­tro’s younger brother and suc­ces­sor, Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro, who wore his green mil­i­tary uni­form as he placed the older man’s ashes into what ap­peared to be a niche in his tomb, a sim­ple, gray, round stone about 15 feet high.

Those in at­ten­dance in­cluded Cas­tro’s widow, Dalia Soto del Valle, other mem­bers of his fam­ily and Pres­i­dents Ni­co­las Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, among oth­ers.

The gath­er­ing ap­peared to last about 90 min­utes and took place en­tirely out of the pub­lic eye af­ter Cuban of­fi­cials made a last-minute can­cel­la­tion of plans to broad­cast the start of events live on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion. In­ter­na­tional me­dia were barred from the event.

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