Trudeau faces criticism from opponents over statement on Fidel Castro's death

Trudeau faces criticism from opponents over statement on Fidel Castro's death

China's president says Castro's "glorious image and great achievements will be recorded in history forever".

Revelers dancing and drinking rum on Havana's famed seafront quickly dispersed and a popular club closed its doors on Friday night as news spread of the death of Fidel Castro, the revolutionary and Cuba's "maximum leader" for half a century.

"Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for almost six decades".

"Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights", the statement said.

The current Canadian prime minister also lauded the late Cuban leader's "significant improvements to the education and healthcare of the island nation", while he acknowledged that Castro was "a controversial figure".

Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to Havana, Cuba, in 2000. He traveled to Cuba in March of this year after announcing in December 2014 that he had ordered the full restoration of diplomatic ties. However, Obama has moved to ease restrictions to try to create more economic opportunities between the two nations.

Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro urged revolutionaries to follow Castro's legacy, while Pope Francis said he was grieving and praying for the repose of the professed atheist, whom he met in Cuba past year.

"We're not celebrating that someone died, but that this is finished", said 30-year-old Erick Martinez, who emigrated from Cuba four years ago. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba.

I hope and I pray that this is the start of a new day for the millions of Cubans who have been living in abject poverty, with no real freedom, since Castro came to power nearly 58 years ago.

"We lost our native homeland to communism", Ros-Lehtinen said. "They just rule over Cuba with an iron fist".

Only when he was out of power, and even though another Castro remained in power, did Cuba really open itself back up to tourism.

"Our goal for Cuba should be democracy and freedom because it's in our national interest".

"The death of Fidel Castro has made the Chinese people lose a close comrade and honest friend". They banged pots with spoons, honked vehicle horns, waved Cuban and US flags in the air and whooped in jubilation on Calle Ocho - as Little Havana's 8th Street is universally known.

Trump vehemently denied those allegations on the campaign trail and, in 1999, wrote a lengthy opinion editorial for the Miami Herald saying why he would never do business in Castro's Cuba.

Many people were also wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and sporting "Trump Pence" T-shirts.

"We need for the people of Cuba to have the freedom we have in the USA, but this changes nothing".

US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Cuban-American who ran against Mr Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, said Castro turned Cuba into "an impoverished island prison" where dissidents were routinely jailed and killed.

But Cuba Now's Herrero said the Trump administration should be careful to avoid former president Ronald Reagan's mistake of isolating Cuba at the end of the Cold War. Now he's dead, and maybe things can change, ' Torre said.

As an immigrant of Cuban-Mexican descent, Cabello speaks from experience: She spent the first years of her life split between Havana, where her mom's family is from, and Mexico City, the home of her dad's family, before she and her mother came to the United States, which she details in her personal essay.

Cuban exile Saidy Barinaga, who came to the 1960, was present with her children and grandchildren.

In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma had warm words, thanking the Cuban leader for his help and support in the struggle to overthrow apartheid.