Fidel Castro, Death and Reactions.
On November 25th, 2016, controversial former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90.
Castro’s death has stirred up some controversy as people from around the world react.
In Cuba, there was a nine day mourning period, as the country believed they had lost a great leader. While in Little Havana, in Florida, there was mass celebrations, people partying in the streets. The people there believing a brutal dictator was now dead.
The ceremony for his funeral was not broadcast on international television for privacy purposes and to fill out Fidel’s desire of “not having a cult personality.”
Barack Obama gave his condolences to the Castro family and the Cuban people during his white house tenure on November 26th. He stated that “Cuba would always have a friend and partner in the United States of America.” On the other hand, Donald Trump stated on November 26th, in a Twitter Post. that this was “the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”
Sophomore Avery G. Said, “I don’t know whether or not Obama really respects what Castro has done since he came in power, but Trump definitely could have said his comment in a better way.”
In a twitter post, shortly after Castro’s death, Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American said, “History will remember Fidel Castro as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.” In another twitter post, Rubio criticized Obama for not mentioning the thousands killed and imprisoned by Castro
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to Raul Castro: “Free and independent Cuba, which he (Fidel Castro) and his allies built, became an influential member of the international community and became an inspiring example for many countries and nations. Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.”