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PHOTOS: Mandatory Mourning in Cuba as Fidel Castro Urn Caravan Takes the Streets

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The nine-day mandatory mourning period continued in Cuba on Tuesday, the designated day for foreign leaders to speak of the legacy of dictator Fidel Castro. Castro’s brother, dictator Raúl, announced the 90-year-old’s death on Friday.

Cuba has imposed a mourning period on its people, though Fidel Castro’s death was widely celebrated by Cubans throughout the world. The government has banned the sales of alcohol to prevent celebrations, as well as prohibited any loud “public activities,” playing of music, or excessive laughter. News anchors have been ordered not to utter the words “good morning,” “good afternoon,” or “good evening” after a communist singer-songwriter took offense at describing any day without Fidel Castro in it as “good.”

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The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro leave the Revolution Square in 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 / ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

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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 / Ronaldo SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a final four-day journey across Cuba, on 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 / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fidel Castro’s ashes will end their tour of the nation in eastern Santiago, where he was born. Before that voyage across the island, however, the government paraded his ashes through the streets of Havana, displayed to throngs of Cubans forced to attend the ceremonial march. The Cuban state propaganda outlet Granma had announced this as an “event of the masses,” and warned over the weekend that all places of employment must permit their workers to leave to attend the events.

The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through the streets of Havana starting a four-day journey across Cuba, on 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 / Ronaldo SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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A girl holds a sign reading "I am Cuba, Fidel, Revolution" as Cubans gather at Revolution Square to pay homage to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Instances of intimidation at the workplace have already begun to surface, even against those who attend events. The Miami-based Cuban journalist Yusnaby Pérez reports that at least one man was fired from his job for joking about Castro’s death on Facebook. The man, identified only as “Leamsy,” wrote on Facebook that the only thing he lamented about Fidel Castro dying was that “he left and he did not pay me the thousands of pesos that he owed me monthly… he paid me no more than 500 Cuban pesos ($20) and 250 convertible Cuban pesos ($10) a month.” Leamsy reportedly worked at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, and was told he was being fired for being “untrustworthy.”

 

On Tuesday evening, a host of international leftist icons feted Fidel Castro, including usual suspects like Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, Bolivian president Evo Morales, and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. Also in attendance were Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and delegations from Iran, China, and North Korea.

TOPSHOT - People participate in a massive rally at Revolution Square in Havana in honor of late leader Fidel Castro. Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOT - People participate in a massive rally on Revolution Square November 29, 2016 in Havana in honor of late leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP / PEDRO PARDO (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

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People participate in a massive rally on Revolution Square in Havana November 29, 2016 in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP / JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cuban President Raul Castro (L) stands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) during a massive rally on November 29, 2016 on Revolution Square in Havana in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro -- who ruled from 1959 until an illness forced him to hand power to his brother Raul in 2006 -- died Friday at age 90. The cause of death has not been announced. / AFP / PEDRO PARDO (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

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A girl with her face reading "Long Live Fidel" attends a gathering at the Revolution Square to pay homage to late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, on November 29, 2016. A titan of the 20th century who beat the odds to endure into the 21st, Castro died late Friday after surviving 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. No cause of death was given. Castro's ashes will go on a four-day island-wide procession starting Wednesday before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on December 4. / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fidel Castro’s ashes are now en route to Santiago on Wednesday morning, according to Granma, which has dubbed the convoy carrying them the “Freedom Caravan.”


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