SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (CBSNewYork) — After nine days of national mourning, former Cuban President Fidel Castro was laid to rest Sunday.
Though he was remembered by many as a ruthless dictator, Castro will be missed by scores of people in the country he led for decades.READ MORE: Ukraine Crisis: Pentagon Puts 8,500 Troops On Heightened Alert To Deploy If Requested By NATO
Before dawn Sunday, thousands began lining the streets ahead of Castro’s funeral procession.
Cubans lined the streets as a Jeep pulling the late president’s ashes passed by. They waved Cuban flags and carried posters depicting the dictator.
Others celebrated the revolution that thrust Castro into power. Some chanted, “ ¡Yo soy Fidel! or “I am Fidel!”READ MORE: NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora Remains In Grave Condition At NYU Langone
Castro’s ashes finished their 500-mile journey Sunday, arriving at a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. His tomb is now one of the most important sites on the Communist island.
Cuban President Raúl Castro placed the ashes of his older brother inside the tomb.
Castro was interred in front of the mausoleum of Cuban national hero José Martí, and next to the memorial rebel soldiers killed in an attack Castro led in 1953.
A few dozen mourners were able to enter the cemetery and see Castro’s tomb, just as it was sealed as soldiers stood guard.MORE NEWS: 'Momnibus' Bill In Congress Would Provide Millions To Address US Maternal Mortality Rate, Racial Disparity
Castro, died Friday, Nov. 25 at 90.