- Title: Cuban-Americans gather at Versailles to celebrate Fidel Castro's passing
- Date: 26th November 2016
- Summary: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 26, 2016) (REUTERS) CUBAN EXILE COMMUNITY CELEBRATING MAN HOLDING U.S. FLAG PEOPLE CARRYING VERY LARGE CUBAN FLAG WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUBAN-AMERICAN MIAMI BASED ATTORNEY ERIC PADRON SAYING: "I think that it will not bring any immediate changes because the system is still in place, but the one legitimate person that was there is now gone. And now we'll see what happens because now the people will come out and say, 'well, now that he's gone, now what will we do." TWO MEN DRESSED LIKE FIDEL OUTSIDE VERSAILLES RESTAURANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUBAN-AMERICAN MIAMI RESIDENT, CATHERINE RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "We are very proud to be Cuban and we are very happy with what has happened today. Although, things may not change, we are very hopeful that it will in the future." ELDER WOMAN HOLDING CUBAN FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN-AMERICAN EXILE, MARIA LUISA SANZ, SAYING: "First of all, I am here celebrating the death of a tyrant, not of a person. Because you cannot celebrate that a person…But he did so much harm, I have been exiled for 48 years. But most of all, what I feel is that my people cannot enjoy the biggest thing - freedom." MAN CARRYING AN EFFIGY - BLOODY HEAD OF FIDEL CASTRO ON A STICK WITH A SIGN THAT READS IN SPANISH: 'THE SOLUTION' (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN ARTIST, FELIX GONZALEZ SANCHEZ, SAYING: "We are celebrating the start of end of the Castro dictatorship because we want freedom like the rest of the world, it is what we need." MORE OF PEOPLE CELEBRATING SINGER WILLY CHITINO ARRIVING OUTSIDE OF VERSAILLES CROWD CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN SINGER WILLY CHIRINO SAYING: "It tells me there are a lot of people, of all ages; our people who are hoping for change. A lot of people already hoping for it. Now is the moment to look to the future for a desirable transition." CROWD CHEERING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MARCHING WOMAN HOLDING MIAMI HERALD HEADLINE THAT READS: 'CASTRO DEAD' CUBAN AND AMERICAN FLAGS
- Embargoed: 11th December 2016 23:52
- Keywords: Fidel death celebrations reactions Felix Gonzalez
- Location: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015A30BBB
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- Story Text: Hundreds of members of Miami's Cuban exile community continued to celebrate the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro outside the Versailles restaurant, a symbol for the Cuban exile community, on Calle Ocho.
Many hoped the death of Castro would bring changes on the island.
"We are very proud to be Cuban and we are very happy with what has happened today. Although things may not change, we are very hopeful that it will in the future," said Catherine Rodriguez whose parents left Cuba after the Revolution.
Maria Luisa Sanz said she was forced to leave her country 48 years ago.
"First of all, I am here celebrating the death of a tyrant, not of a person. Because you cannot celebrate that a person…but he did so much harm, I have been exiled for 48 years. But most of all, what I feel is that my people cannot enjoy the biggest thing - freedom," she said.
Visual artist Felix Gonzalez carried an effigy of Castro's head on a stick with a sign that read: 'The solution'. "We are celebrating the start of the end of the Castro dictatorship because we want freedom like the rest of the world, it is what we need," he told Reuters.
Willy Chirino, a Cuban-American singer, made an appearance outside the iconic restaurant and was cheered on by the crowds of Cuban descendants gathered outside. "Now is the moment to look to the future for a desirable transition," Chirino told members of the press.
Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the 20th century and a Cold War icon, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts of the world that struggled against colonial rule. Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. He formally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, in 2008.
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