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Cubans vow to defend Fidel Castro's legacy

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:05

President Raul Castro leads tens of thousands of Cubans in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro during a final tribute. Rough cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans on Saturday (December 4) in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the city where they launched the Cuban Revolution. But Fidel Castro's image will not be immortalized with statues nor will public places be named after him, Raul Castro said, in keeping with his older brother's wishes. His ashes will be entombed near the remains of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti in a simple ceremony beginning on Sunday at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT), concluding nine days of national mourning. Raul Castro was joined on the stage by leftist foreign dignitaries and the Cuban political leadership to bid farewell to the man known to most Cubans as "El Comandante" - the commander - or simply "Fidel." After two days of events in Havana, Castro's funeral cortege departed on a three-day, 600-mile (1,000-km) journey east, retracing the route that the triumphant, bearded rebels took upon overthrowing the U.S.-backed Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

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Cubans vow to defend Fidel Castro's legacy

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:05