MONTEVIDEO (AFP): Uruguay has paid a final tribute to leftist writer Eduardo Galeano, an incisive critic of Latin America’s injustices who died of lung cancer aged 74. Galeano, author of “Open Veins of Latin America,” a regional history that shaped a generation of leftist activists in the turbulent 1970s and 80s, died Monday in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo after several days in a hospital. His body lay in state Tuesday in the Congress building, where Uruguayans filed past his flag-draped casket to pay their last respects before a burial later in the day.

As tributes came in from leaders, writers and activists around Latin America, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez said he considered Galeano a “transcendent personality” whose appeal crossed borders, the leader’s office said in a statement.