- Title: Cuban-Americans in Little Havana call for democracy in Cuba
- Date: 27th November 2016
- Summary: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 27, 2016) (REUTERS) MAP OF CUBA ON DOMINO TABLE WIDE VIEW OF CUBAN-AMERICANS PLAYING DOMINO MAN PLAYING DOMINO DOMINO STONES ON MAP OF CUBA MEN CONVERSING WIDE VIEW OF DOMINO PARK IN LITTLE HAVANA (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHNNY CARDONA, CUBAN-AMERICAN SHOP OWNER, SAYING: "I have no intent going back to Cuba, not even to visit. Unless, unless the government falls, or there is a little bit more democracy." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDUARDO MARTINEZ, CUBAN-AMERICAN, SAYING: "I like it (Cuba) to get a relation with the United States, so that people can come and go." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACKIE LAGUNA, CUBAN-AMERICAN SHOP OWNER, SAYING: "Democracy needs to happen in Cuba. That is really it, they really want democracy. What does any country want for their people? Democracy." MORE OF PEOPLE PLAYING BOARD GAMES IN DOMINO PARK VARIOUS OF MAN SMOKING CIGAR VARIOUS OF SIGN OF LITTLE HAVANA
- Embargoed: 12th December 2016 21:14
- Keywords: Castro Little Havana Miami dominos
- Location: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0015A7ZARR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The streets of Little Havana, the neighborhood in Miami home to the largest Cuban-American community in the United States were relaxed on Sunday (November 27), hours after impromptu celebrations erupted after the news of the death of Fidel Castro.
Castro, an icon of the Cold War who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and defied half a century of U.S. efforts to topple him, died late on Friday at the age of 90.
In Miami, many residents started to really ponder the meaning of his passing, and the future of their previous home-country.
Many were calling for fair elections and democracy.
"I have no intent going back to Cuba, not even to visit. Unless, unless the government falls, or there is a little bit more democracy," shop owner Johnny Cardona, who left Cuba in a speedboat three decades ago told Reuters.
"Democracy needs to happen in Cuba. That is really it, they really want democracy. What does any country want for their people? Democracy," Cuban-American Jackie Laguna said.
The cause of Castro's death was not made public but he had been in poor health since he nearly died of an intestinal illness in 2006. He formally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, in 2008 after ruling for nearly half a century.
Raul Castro, 85, who had been at his brother's side since they took up arms against a U.S.-backed dictatorship in the 1950s, has not appeared in public or on television since he announced Fidel's death on Friday night in a brief televised statement.
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