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Thousands Pay Respects To Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro


RJR News / Thousands of Cubans are paying their respects to the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90.                Long queues are snaking around Revolution Square in the capital Havana, where the urn containing his ashes is being displayed.      It is the first public commemorative event during the nine days of mourning declared after his death.        The mourning period will end after his ashes are buried on Sunday. Some Cubans joined the queue before dawn to ensure they would be among the first to pay their respects.       Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution.        Supporters say he returned Cuba to the people and praise him for some of  his social programs, such as public health and education.        But critics call him a dictator, who led a government that did not tolerate opposition and dissent, accused of numerous human rights abuses.

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