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Castro's Ashes Begin Final Journey
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Fidel Castro's remains have started a four-day journey across Cuba from the capital, Havana, to their final resting place in the southeastern city of Santiago.

The ashes of the late revolutionary leader were taken out of the Defense Ministry on November 30 and placed in a small coffin covered by the Cuban flag to begin the 900-kilometer procession.

The route will recreate the victory tour taken by Castro after he won power in 1959 -- only in reverse.

His ashes will be buried on December 4 in Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia cemetery in a funeral to be attended by left-wing Latin American leaders and other foreign dignitaries.

On November 29, tens of thousands of people filled Havana's Revolution Square to pay tribute to Castro.

The rally was closed by President Raul Castro, who referred to his brother as the leader of a revolution "for the humble, and by the humble."

Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century, died at age 90 on November 25.

Based on reporting by dpa, Reuters, and the BBC