Hundreds gather along the streets of Bayamo, Cuba as Fidel Castro's remains were placed inside a military jeep bound for Santiago de Cuba where the Cuban Revolution began. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Hundreds of Cubans gathered early on Saturday (December 3) along the streets of Bayamo, Cuba as Fidel Castro's remains were placed inside the military jeep that is transporting his remains to Santiago de Cuba where the first shots were fired in the Cuban Revolution. Tens of thousands of Cubans have greeted Fidel Castro's funeral cortege on its journey across Cuba since Wednesday, unwavering in their admiration for one of the towering figures of the 20th Century who is equally loathed by his adversaries. Waving flags and singing the national anthem, Cubans lined pastel-colored colonial streets to pay their respects to Castro. He died last Friday (November 25) at age 90, a decade after stepping down as president but defiant to the end toward the United States, the world power he tormented from just 90 miles (145 km) away. The government declared nine days of mourning for the man who built a Communist state, aligned Cuba with the Soviet Union and survived what his government claimed were more than 600 U.S. assassination attempts. The cause of his death has not been made public, but Castro had been weak since an intestinal ailment believed to be diverticulitis forced him to relinquish power in 2006.