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Thousands of Cubans in emotional tribute to Chavez

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A woman holds up a poster of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as she leave a tribute for the South American leader at Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The Cuban government declared two days of national mourning and ordered flags to fly at half-staff after the death of Chavez. Some islanders worried about the loss of the country's No. 1 ally, who has sent billions of dollars of oil to Cuba at preferential terms. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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HAVANA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Cubans are streaming past a memorial to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Havana.

It’s a tribute to the man who was the island’s most important international ally and a close friend of retired leader Fidel Castro.

People formed a long, snaking single-file line at Revolution Square to pay their respects to Chavez on Thursday, two days after he succumbed to cancer.

Some saluted an oversize photo of Chavez that was perched above a bed of white flowers and flanked by a military honor guard. A few wept.

Around the city, flags flew at half-staff.

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