ys after the death of Fidel Castro, a 21-gun salute in Havana. Tens of thousands gathering Monday to pay their final respects to their former leader who died Saturday. Some arriving at 4 AM to start waiting in line as part of a nine day period of mourning.
Reuters reporter Simon Gardner was at Revolution Plaza.>> Thousands of people are gathering to come and pay their respects to him over in Revolution Square nearby. They put up a large photograph of Castro in military fatigues. The people are filing by, some are saluting to say good-bye to a man that many see as a sort of father figure.
Some people have described how Castro had helped give them their humanity by dragging them out of abject poverty. Certainly a very polarizing figure. People either love him or they hate him.>> US President-elect Donald Trump didn't mince his words, calling Castro a brutal dictator, and threatening Monday to reverse diplomatic relations.
Tweeting, if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people, and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal. But the White House quick to respond, saying Castro's death is unlikely to have any impact on US progress to normalize relations with the Communist nation.
Castro's ashes will be carried to a final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, the city where he'd launched the Communist Revolution that elevated the tiny island nation to the world's stage during the height of the cold war.