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With a cry of 'Viva Fidel!', Cubans begin mourning for Castro

With a cry of 'Viva Fidel!', Cubans begin mourning for Castro

CUBANS woke up on Saturday with the tragic knowledge that their former President and leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, had died.

His younger brother never gave much ground to the Obama administration in terms of liberalizing Cuba's one party political system.

"I think now we have a more civilized bond and we can come together and do something greater", Penate said.

"It has been a totalitarian regime for over half a century", Mullaney said.

Supporters said he returned Cuba to the people.

He never laid out those demands, and at other times hinted about being amenable to more United States investment in Cuba.

Trump could easily review such measures.

"They have to kind of make believe, especially if they are interviewed on the streets in Cuba", Gonzalez-Chaves said.

Human Rights Watch called President Obama's new stance toward Cuba "long overdue".

After Cuba's government released American prisoner Alan Gross and agreed to a spy swap with Washington in 2014, Obama and Raul Castro felt they finally had enough trust to embark on a journey of rapprochement.

"I think Cuba has certain potential, and I think it's OK to bring Cuba into the fold, but you have to make a much better deal", he said, noting he was anxious Cuba would sue the United States for reparations for damage caused by its decades-long embargo on Cuba.

Castro's "legacy" and "his example in Latin America is going to serve as an incentive for today's generation to continue to struggle for a Cuba that is free, sovereign, independent, and free of the embargo", said Venezuelan economist and political analyst Vladimir Adrianza, who teaches at the Bolivarian Military University of Venezuela (UMBV) in Caracas. He and his wife and another woman held up a bilingual sign he'd made four years ago when Castro first became ill.

Fidel's older brother Ramon, a lifelong rancher, was occasionally seen in public, and sisters Angela and Emma also remained in Cuba.

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday mourned the passing Castro and paid tribute to a "major figure of the 20th century", who offered "Cubans an opportunity to be proud of freedom from foreign rule".

She told a local newspaper, El Nuevo Herald, that she will not attend his funeral, saying, "I want to state clearly that I have never returned to the island and I don't plan to do so".

Trump will face pressure to reverse Obama's orders on Cuba from a bloc of mostly Republican Cuban-American lawmakers that has worked to keep tight restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba for years.

We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. They are always asking about Cuba.

February 19, 2008 - Castro resigns as president.

Despite its improved relations with Washington, Havana continues to be constrained by a vast net of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the long-running US -led trade embargo. "More than ever the USA must continue to be a friend and partner to the Cuban people as we work together to expand opportunity for our two countries through trade, travel, and political engagement". Human Rights Watch said it placed hardships on Cubans and failed to ease repression. "It is with great sadness that I have just heard of the death of Fidel Castro".