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The Latest: Thousands lining up early to pay homage to Fidel

  • A woman holding a picture of the late Fidel Castro and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, waits in line to enter Revolution Square to render homage to Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Thousands of Cubans began lining up early carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    A woman holding a picture of the late Fidel Castro and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, waits in line to enter Revolution Square to render homage to Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Thousands of Cubans began lining up early carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds an image of Fidel Castro as she waits in line to pay her final respects to the late leader, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Thousands of Cubans began lining up early for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century. Cuba's government has declared nine days of national mourning following Castro's death Friday night at age 90. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    A woman holds an image of Fidel Castro as she waits in line to pay her final respects to the late leader, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Thousands of Cubans began lining up early for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century. Cuba's government has declared nine days of national mourning following Castro's death Friday night at age 90. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

Thousands of Cubans are lining up early near Havana's Plaza of the Revolution for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.

Memorial services are slated to begin Monday at 9 a.m. when simultaneous 21-gun salutes will sound in the capital and in the eastern city of Santiago, where Castro launched his revolution in 1953.

At the same time, Cubans will begin filing through the monument to the national hero Jose Marti in the center of the plaza, where the government has said they will sign an oath to carry out the "concept of revolution."

Many of the Cubans lining up early to pay homage to Fidel in Havana are workers at state businesses.