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Huge Crowds Gather For Memorial Service Honoring Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro's ashes arrived in the eastern city of Santiago, ending a four-day journey across Cuba.

Thousands of people welcomed the leader's remains to shouts of  "Fidel! I am Fidel!'' The 90-year-old former president died Nov. 25.

He was remembered in a nationally televised service led by his brother, President Raul Castro, Saturday evening at Revolution Square in Santiago. His ashes will be interred Sunday morning, ending a nine-day mourning period.

Mourning for Castro has reached near-religious peaks of public adulation across Cuba since his death, particularly in rural eastern Cuba. Huge crowds have been shouting his name and lining the roads to salute the funeral procession carrying his ashes from Havana to Santiago.

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