Fidel Castro's ashes arrive in eastern city of Santiago

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A portrait of Fidel Castro hangs from a crane as a man takes pictures with his cellphone while waiting for the convoy carrying the Cuban leader's ashes near Yarey, eastern Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

A portrait of Fidel Castro hangs from a crane as a man takes pictures with his cellphone while waiting for the convoy carrying the Cuban leader's ashes near Yarey, eastern Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (Photo: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro's ashes have arrived in the eastern city of Santiago, ending a four-day journey across Cuba.

Thousands of people welcomed the leader's remains to shouts of "Fidel! I am Fidel!" The 90-year-old former president died Nov. 25.

He will be remembered in a nationally televised service led by his brother, President Raul Castro, Saturday evening. His ashes will be interred Sunday morning, ending a nine-day mourning period.

Mourning for Castro has reached near-religious peaks of public adulation across Cuba since his death, particularly in rural eastern Cuba.

Huge crowds have been shouting his name and lining the roads to salute the funeral procession carrying his ashes from Havana to Santiago.

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