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Cubans in Miami: Revelry and reflection after Castro's death

Cubans in Miami: Revelry and reflection after Castro's death

Hugo Ravelo, an 83-year-old former casino employee, said he hoped change would come to the Caribbean island, though he's not sure how much.

Most of the hundreds of people roaming along the "Malecon" seafront were not immediately aware that Castro had passed away at the age of 90.

President Raul Castro earlier said that his older brother Fidel was to be cremated early Saturday.

Tens of thousands people greeted Castro on the day he entered Havana, but thousands more fled the communist dictator's repressive police state, leaving behind their families, their possessions and the island they loved. "He achieved things that nobody else did". Eric Sorenson looks back on the life of iconic political leader. His death was announced via Cuban television.

Castro eventually lived to see the restoration of diplomatic ties with Washington a year ago. I think that some were waiting for today with joy. "So if you call that for negotiation purposes, whatever you have to do to make a great deal for the people of Cuba", Trump said. Castro's remains will be cremated, and his ashes toured around Cuba until his state funeral on December 4. I had all brothers.

El Salvador's president Salvador Sanchez lamented the passing of "our dear friend and eternal companion", while Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto expressed his regret for the passing of an "emblematic" figure of the 20th Century.

Defining the life of the former Cuban President, the Rajya Sabha member said, "He was a great legend, a great Marxist, a thinker and a revolutionary fighter".

"We will keep on winning and keep fighting". "Hell has a special place for Fidel Castro and there's one less vacancy in hell tonight".

Within half an hour of the Cuban government's official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died, Miami's Little Havana teemed with life - and cheers.

In memoriam, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, 1926-2016. "There would be nothing that we have now without him", said Matinez.

Washington's covert war on Castro is well documented, from Operation Mongoose created to disrupt life in Cuba in any way possible, to numerous assassination attempts, which even the Central Intelligence Agency admits were often "laughably inept". "Long live Latin America!" His parents left Cuba decades ago. "Nevertheless he led out his country from the blockade to the path of self-sustained and independent development". He says the news of Castro's death "seems unreal".

"Fidel Castro was a frank and tried and true friend of Russian Federation", the Kremlin quoted the message as saying.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled Castro's departure from Mexico on the yacht Granma with his brother Raul and several dozen supporters to start their revolution. "India mourns the loss of a great friend".

But Castro's death comes ahead of real change in the White House, with President-elect Donald Trump threatening to undo efforts by President Barack Obama to bring the U.S. and Cuba closer together.

"As his nation's father, Mr. Castro focused on health, education and literacy".

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.

A statement from the Spanish government hailed Castro as "a figure of enormous historical importance".