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Fidel Castro's ashes arrive at Cuba cemetery for interment

  • The ashes of Fidel Castro leave the Antonio Maceo plaza for its burial in a private funeral ceremony at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago, Cuba Sunday Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    The ashes of Fidel Castro leave the Antonio Maceo plaza for its burial in a private funeral ceremony at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago, Cuba Sunday Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Two women embrace after watching the ashes of Fidel Castro leave the Antonio Maceo plaza heading to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery for a private funeral ceremony in Santiago, Cuba, , Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Two women embrace after watching the ashes of Fidel Castro leave the Antonio Maceo plaza heading to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery for a private funeral ceremony in Santiago, Cuba, , Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Two bystanders stand under a sign reading 'farewell commander' after the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro were carried to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery for burial in a private funeral ceremony in Santiago, Cuba Sunday Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Two bystanders stand under a sign reading 'farewell commander' after the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro were carried to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery for burial in a private funeral ceremony in Santiago, Cuba Sunday Dec. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

This is the latest on the funeral of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba. (All times local):

7:20 a.m.

The crowds lining the road into the cemetery for Fidel Castro's funeral are singing Cuba's National Anthem and shouting "Viva Fidel!"

The caravan entered the cemetery, but the road has been crowded and access for the press has been blocked.

The ceremony is not being broadcast live on television as expected.

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7:15 a.m.

Fidel Castro's ashes have arrived at a Santiago, Cuba cemetery to mark the start of funeral ceremonies for Fidel Castro.

The salute sounded in the capital, Havana, as Fidel Castro's ashes before they were taken to the cemetery in eastern Cuba where they will be interred at the end of a nine-day waiting period.

In the eastern city of Santiago, thousands of people lined the short route from the Plaza of the Revolution to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery waving Cuban flags and shouting "I am Fidel!"

The caravan carrying the ashes arrived at the cemetery around 7:15 a.m. as a 21-salute was also fired in Santiago.