Castro funeral cortege reaches destination, leftist friends gather

By REUTERS
December 3, 2016 20:55

 
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SANTIAGO, Cuba - Flag-waving Cubans leaned from windows and lined the streets as Fidel Castro's funeral cortege approached the end of three-day journey on Saturday, rolling into the city of Santiago de Cuba where the revolutionary leader's remains will be laid to rest.

High-profile leftist friends of Castro, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and soccer's Diego Maradona, were expected for an evening farewell in the city where Castro launched his revolution six decades ago.

On Sunday morning, his ashes will be entombed near the remains of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti in a cemetery in the eastern city, in what is likely to be a solemn ceremony.

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