Tens of thousands of Cubans lined up in central Havana on Monday to pay their last respects to Fidel Castro, with RT’s Maria Finoshina joining the procession. The two-day commemoration at the Jose Marti Memorial on the north side of Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion started with a 21-gun salute.
Inside the memorial, people walked past a portrait of a young Fidel dressed in military uniform as we saw the former Cuban president’s medals all decorated in white flowers.
Castro, who led the Cuban revolution in 1959 and was in charge of the country until 2008, died at the age of 90 on Friday.
But even after ceding power to his brother Raul, Fidel was still considered the most significant moral authority in Cuba. At the end of an official nine-day period of mourning, Castro’s ashes will be interred at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba on December 4 after the mourning ends.