|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Cuba

Castro’s Ashes Begin 4-Day Journey Across Cuba

HAVANA – Fidel Castro’s ashes began a four-day journey Wednesday that will take them via caravan from the Cuban capital’s emblematic Revolution Square to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, where the revolutionary leader’s funeral service will take place on Sunday.

Draped in a Cuban flag, a cedar chest containing the ashes was taken from the Armed Forces Ministry building in the western city of Havana at 7:15 am by a pair of soldiers and placed in a trailer decorated with bouquets of white flowers.

Castro’s younger brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, presided over the brief military ceremony, which was also attended by other top government and Communist Party officials as well as the late revolutionary icon’s widow, Dalia del Soto, and two of their children.

The armed forces minister, Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frias, and first deputy minister, Gen. Ramon Espinosa, traveled in the vehicle just in front of the one carrying Castro’s ashes.

Lines of people gathered for the send-off in Revolution Square, where a mass outdoor farewell ceremony was held Tuesday night. Many of those in attendance also took part in an all-night vigil.

The caravan will stop in several villages before arriving and stopping for the night in the central city of Santa Clara, which is home to a mausoleum containing the remains of revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

The convoy will trace – albeit in reverse – the route of the triumphant “Freedom Caravan” that Castro led from east-to-west across Cuba from Jan. 1-8, 1959, after his rebels had defeated Gen. Fulgencio Batista’s forces.

Castro died on Friday night at age 90 in Havana.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved