Thousands line streets as Castro's ashes interred at cemetery

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Santiago de Cuba as Fidel Castro's ashes were interred at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, following nine days of official mourning.

A 21-gun salute was first sounded in the capital, Havana, as Castro's ashes were taken to the cemetery in eastern Cuba where they will be interred.

In Santiago, thousands lined the short route from the Plaza of the Revolution to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery waving Cuban flags, singing Cuba's National Anthem and shouting "Viva Fidel!"

Cuban president Raul Castro had earlier said his government will ban the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother.

He said it was in keeping with Fidel Castro's desire to avoid the development of a personality cult.

He told a crowd in Santiago that he will sign a law fulfilling this wish: "Once dead, his name and likeness would never be used on institutions, streets, parks or other public sites, and that busts statutes or other forms of tribute would never be erected".

Fidel Castro, 90, died on November 25.

He had built and ruled the Communist state for 49 years before stepping down a decade ago due to ill health.

Fidel Castro's ashes were taken to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery. Credit: PA
Thousands of people lined the streets to see Fidel Castro's ashes taken to the cemetery. Credit: PA