Revolutionary reunion in death: Fidel castro’s ashes begin journey to Che Guevara mausoleum
A military jeep carries the ashes of Fidel Castro was taken on Thursday to a revolutionary reunion with his fallen comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Santa Clara.
Chanting “Yo soy Fidel!” (“I am Fidel!”) and “Viva Fidel!” (“Long live Fidel” ), thousands of flag- waving Cuban people lined the streets to bid final farewell for their leader.
After two days of tributes in Havana, the military jeep, which left Havana early Wednesday, is traveling the route Castro followed to reach Havana in January 1959 in his successful rebellion, known as the Caravana de la Libertad, or Freedom Caravan.
Castro was known for his celebrated camaraderie with the great revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.
The revolutionary leader passed away on Saturday aged 90. His brother and president Raul Castro announced the news of passing through state television.
Castro ruled the country from 1976 to 2008 before handing over the powers to Raul. In 2006, Fidel had retreated from public sphere following an emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding, and had temporarily handed over the power to his younger brother.
In 1959, Guerrilla army of “bearded ones” under his leadership overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista’s and replaced it with a communist rule. This put the country in a long diplomatic tussle with the United States which is still going on.
Castro’s ashes are scheduled to reach Santiago on Saturday when a public tribute will be held before a private funeral Sunday.
“It’s a historic meeting, two comandantes who change the history of Cuba and humanity,” said Agnier Sanchez, a 33-year-old medical imaging technician.