Celebration, sorrow mingle after death of Fidel Castro

Celebration, sorrow mingle after death of Fidel Castro

The New York Times described Castro, who died late yesterday in Havana, as the man who "bedevilled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war".

"Fidel held his ground and strengthened his country at the time of the harshest American blockade, at the time of massive pressure on him", Gorbachev was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying. Fidel has died. Long live Cuba! "Cuba is and will continue to be a friend of the Soviet Union and of all the socialist states".

Though Fidel Castro can not be wholly to blame for the strains on Cuba's economy, the structural and infrastructural deficiencies that his brother Raul is now addressing were undoubtedly his responsibility.

Fidel Castro once quipped, "If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal".

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a former, posted a short message on Facebook, writing: "Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families". Some were loyalists of Fulgencio Batista, the president prior to Castro, while others left with the hope they would be able to return soon, after Castro was toppled.

"A lot of people see him as a hero, that he stood up to the USA", he said.

"To watch the Cuban leader handle the temperamental PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organisation) leader was an education", said Singh in his article.

In 1996, he visited Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and hosted Pope John Paul II in Havana; John Paul in 1998, he asked Castro to open Cuba to the world.

"We will keep on winning and keep fighting".

Castro's speeches, lasting up to six hours, became the soundtrack of Cuban life and his 269-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly in 1960 set the world body's record for length that still stood more than five decades later. "We will go forward with his legacy", he told television station Telesur.

Kolkata: The Left parties in West Bengal on Saturday made a decision to fly the red flag at half mast for three days at their respective offices across the state as a mark of respect for Cuba's Fidel Castro who passed away in Havana aged 90.

Corbyn's close ally and ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone waded into the fray this morning, labelling Castro a "beacon of light".

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said he and his wife Rosalynn "remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country".

- December 2, 1956: After setting off from Mexico, lands in southeastern Cuba on the ship Granma with 81 fighters and launches a 25-month-long military campaign in the Sierra Maestra mountains. Before long, the USA government was helping Cuban exiles who wanted to overthrow Castro or even have him assassinated.

"India mourns the loss of a great friend", Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi said on Twitter.

Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died Friday, bringing the possibility of further change to an island whose relations with the United States had only recently begun to thaw.

"An actor of the Cold War. he represented, for Cubans, pride in rejecting external domination", Hollande added, alluding to Castro's defiance of the US.

In March 1988, the South African army retreated in the face of the Cubans at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola, a setback that sounded the death knell for the apartheid regime and led to the independence of Namibia.