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‘Viva Fidel!’: Castro Makes final voyage across Cuba

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The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, November 30, 2016.  
The "caravan of freedom" will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDT

Havana: The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, on Wednesday.  A small, Cuban-flag covered cedar coffin containing the remains of the 90-year-old leader was taken out of Cuba’s Defence Ministry just after 7 am and placed into a flower-bedecked trailer pulled by a green military vehicle for the more than 800-kilometre procession. The ashes will be interred Sunday, ending the nine-day mourning period for the man who ruled the country for  50 years. The route traces in reverse the victory tour Castro and his bearded rebels took after overthrowing the forces of strongman Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Outside Havana, the caravan will pass through rural communities significantly changed by social and economic reforms he adopted.