Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

Soldiers push the jeep and trailer carrying the ashes of the late Fidel Castro after the jeep briefly stopped working during Castro's funeral procession near Moncada Fort in Santiago, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Castro's ashes will be interred Sunday in Santiago, ending a nine-day period of mourning that saw Cuba fall silent as thousands paid tribute to photographs of Castro and sign oaths of loyalty to his socialist, single-party system. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — After a four-day journey across Cuba, Fidel Castro’s ashes will be interred on Sunday in a cemetery in the eastern city of Santiago.

Thousands of people welcomed the leader’s remains to shouts of “Fidel! I am Fidel!” The 90-year-old former president died Nov. 25. Today’s service will be nationally televised. The interment will end the official mourning period.

Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel in keeping with the former leader’s desire to avoid the development of a personality cult.

Raul Castro told a crowd gathered to pay homage to Fidel Castro in the eastern city of Santiago that the country’s National Assembly would pass in its next session a law prohibiting the naming of “institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, or erecting busts statutes or other forms of tribute.”

Fidel Castro, who died Nov. 25 at 90, kept his name off public sites during his time in office because he said he wanted to avoid the development of a cult of personality.

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