Havana readies for tributes to Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro shown in 1959. No other identification given. (AP Photo)

HAVANA (AP) – Havana is readying for two days of tributes to deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Workers are cleaning and setting up fencing at the capital’s sprawling Revolution Plaza, where Castro’s remains will be brought beginning Monday.

Throngs of islanders are expected to visit to pay their respects there in the shadow of Havana’s towering monument to independence hero Jose Marti and a huge sculpture of revolution leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Cuba’s government has declared nine days of national mourning following Castro’s death Friday night at age 90.

Orlando Alvarez is a 55-year-old jeweler who was fishing on the seaside Malecon boulevard Sunday morning. He said Castro’s passing is “a great sorrow” and predicts that “everyone” will visit the plaza for the two days set aside for Cubans to pay their respects.

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