Fidel Castro’s Death – level 3

01-12-2016 07:00

Cubans gathered at Havana’s historic Revolution Square to pay homage to Fidel Castro, following the iconic leader’s death on Friday. People cremated Castro the following day and declared a 9-day period of mourning.

People carried his ashes to a final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, the city in the eastern part of the country where he launched the revolution. The ceremony ended on Tuesday night when foreign leaders paid their respects to a man who dedicated his life to fighting capitalist and colonial oppression.

Fidel Castro aligned his country with the Soviet Union and outlasted 9 US presidents who had sought to oust him and undermine him.

When people lay his cremated ashes to rest on December 4th, the mourning period will end and Cuba will embark on establishing what will be a very different relationship with the rest of the world.

Difficult words: gather (come together in large numbers), pay homage (show respect), mourning (the time when you feel or show sadness for somebody’s death), oppression (when people take away freedom), oust (drive out from a position of power), undermine (hurt, damage), embark on (begin).

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