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Raul Castro says Cuba bans naming monuments after Fidel Castro

Cuban patriotism takes over Plaza Antonio Maceo in Santiago

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba – Cuban patriotism was the norm among the huge crowds gathering on the streets of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday night, after Fidel Castro's funeral cortege finished a cross-country journey.

Flag-waving Cubans and leftists worldwide traveled to get as close as they could to the Plaza Antonio Maceo, where the Cuban government was holding a ceremonial rally in honor of Castro, who governed the island for 47 years. 

Cuban President Raul Castro, who read his speech in a raspy voice, announced his brother's last will was that Cuba ban the use of his name and his figure for "institutions, plazas, parks, avenues, streets or other public places" or "monuments, busts, statues or other similar forms of tributes." 

While adopting the "Yes we can" motto, Castro told Cubans "Fidel said we can resist, survive and develop without renouncing the achievements of socialism" and he ended his speech with Fidel Castro's "Until victory!" 

The Cuban military was set to place the ashes in a mausoleum at the historic Cementerio Santa Ifigenia on Sunday, where Cubans entombed Jose Marti, a national hero both in Miami and in Havana. 

Attendees honoring Castro

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro

Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega

Bolivia's Evo Morales

Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rouseff

Leaders of The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the leftist guerrillas known as the FARC

Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona


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