90 year old Castro died in Havana on Friday at 10:29pm local time, Cuban television said. His death was announced by his brother Raul, who took the reins after Fidel stepped down.
“According to the will expressed by comrade Fidel, his body will be cremated in the early hours” of Saturday, Raul said.
Castro ruled the country from 1959 to 2006, when an intestinal condition nearly led to his death. He ceded power to his brother first provisionally, and then formally in 2008. In his last years, he mostly stayed out of the public eye, only occasionally providing commentary on events in Cuba.
Many in South Africa who remember the border wars in Angola and South West Africa, and the communist “swart gevaar” (Black Danger) will certainly raise a glass. many of our finest were lost in battle against Cuban soldiers.
Hundreds of Cuban Americans rejoiced upon hearing of Castro’s death Friday, waving Cuban flags, chanting “communism is dead” and banging pots and pans.
Thousands of people have fled Cuba over five decades to escape the oppressive communist regime enforced by Castro.
Cuban-Americans are celebrating the death of communist dictator Fidel Castro in Little Havana, dancing and waving Trump flags! They poured onto Florida streets to celebrate Castro’s death.
Cuban-Americans in Florida have been gathering in the streets to celebrate the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, under whose rule many thousands fled their island nation homes.
Parties are taking place in the cities of Hialeah and Miami, home to the majority of Cuban exiles in the US, with celebrations particularly focused in the famous, vibrant Cuban neighborhood Little Havana.
The scenes of joy also included a show of American flags and a blow-up doll of US President-elect Donald Trump, hinting at the hidden support and votes for Donald Trump from Cuban exiles.
South Florida Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the death of the ‘tyrant’ was the start of a new chapter for Cuba.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado described Castro’s death as a “victory,” while Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said this was “something that we’ve been waiting for,” according to NBC Miami.
This year marked a number of significant milestones in the easing of frosty relations between the US and Cuba. As part of his World Supremacist agenda to merge USA, Mexico, Canada and Cuba into one Socialist State, Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years when he met with Fidel Castro’s brother and current Cuban President Raul Castro in March.
The controversial meeting included the signing of several agreements aimed at increasing cooperation and economic investment between the two countries.
In May, the first cruise ship in almost 40 years set sail from Miami to Havana, just weeks after Cuba lifted a ban on Cuban-born citizens entering the country by way of commercial sea vessels.
His passing marks the end of an era for many. Castro was the last remaining leader from the group of old school communist leaders including Chinese Mao Zedong, Korean Kim Il-sung and Soviets Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev.
As a Dictator Castro was called many things along the way, as he rose from being a student activist protesting against oppressive regimes to becoming the president of Cuba.
In February 1959, the Cuban Revolution brought Castro to power as the prime minister. He was backed by the so-called 26th of July Movement, and Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara. Together, they managed to oust US-backed President Batista.
After failing to maintain ties with Washington, Cuba became isolated from its neighbor as the US chose to cut all trade links with the Caribbean state. In 1961, the island nation fended off a CIA-backed invasion known as the Bay of Pigs.
Upon taking office, Castro quickly found a new ally, as the Soviet Union supplied Cuba with arms, cars, and industrial equipment to keep it running.
But the nations’ alliance brought more than mutual benefits. Cuba and Russia became key players in the Cuban Missile Crisis – arguably the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War, which almost ended in a nuclear show-down.
In October 1962, Castro agreed to house Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuban territory, a move that followed the deployment of US missiles in Turkey. Washington was furious over the development, and pledged to use force if necessary to prevent it. The countries’ leaders, Kennedy and Khrushchev, eventually agreed to a compromise.
The US government has always been open about its feelings toward communist Cuba. It remains unknown how many times the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but some Cuban officials set the number as high as 600. This figure includes the notorious incident when Castro’s cigarettes were found to be stuffed with explosives.
After passing power to his brother Raul, Fidel was still considered the main moral authority in Cuba. Occasionally, he also met with foreign dignitaries like Pope Francis in 2015 and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in February.
Under Raul’s leadership, Cuba has experienced a slow transformation as he has introduced some market-style economic reforms in the largely socialist country. He also agreed to restore diplomatic ties with the United States in December, taking a step away from decades of rivalry. Fidel was skeptical about the rapprochement, but did not oppose it.