Palestinian President Expresses Condolences over Fidel's Death

Palestinian President Expresses Condolences over Fidel's Death

Saney said he met Castro multiple times while attending conferences in Cuba, sharing a few private moments with the charismatic leader who he remembers as kind and attentive for a "big man".

In Miami, Cuban-Americans in the Little Havana neighborhood took to the streets in celebration overnight.

"While there are some people in the Cuban government who want to see some liberalization, pretty much the same hands are in power", he said.

"It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime", Garcia wrote.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro", said Wayne Smith, the top US diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

"For me, I left the country because I wanted a better life".

The President noted that the relationship between the United States and Cuba has been "marked by discord and profound political disagreements" over the past 60 years.

"I was elated. I've heard some people say that you shouldn't be happy about the death of someone".

Chicago's Cuban community is reacting to the death of Fidel Castro with a mixture joy and grief, with many hoping the death will bring long-awaited changes to the country.

A longtime critic of the Castro regime is offering no words of condolence on the death of Fidel Castro.

"I am feeling relieved, only in the extent that the tyrant is dead but the tyranny continues", says Dr Mike Hershberger, whose wife is Cuban.

"There's a sense of relief, there's a sense of maybe there are bigger things are on the horizon for Cuba", he said. "They have followed a leader for 50 years, and now without that leader, people don't know who to follow". "We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader".

When Castro studied law there in the late 1940s and early 1950s, it was a hotbed of leftist politics, setting him on a revolutionary path leading to his toppling of US -backed President Fulgencio Batista in 1959.