News Alert!!: Cuba: Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro has died.
Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro died at around 10:29pm (Local Time) on Friday, November 25th, 2016 in Cuba.
Castro’s Brother and Cuba’s President Raul Castro, who took over as President from Fidel Castro more than 8 years ago because of health problems, announced his death on Cuban Television.
A Cuban-American celebrates the death of Fidel Castro early Saturday morning, in the Little Havana area in Miami, Florida well in Moscow, Russia, people placed flowers as a tribute to Castro at the Cuban Embassy.
Current United States President Barack Obama said in a statement released from the White House on the passing of Fidel Castro.
“At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. 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. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba. Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”
Elected United States President Donald Trump reacted to the passing of Fidel Castro tweeting, “Fidel Castro is dead!”
Elected United States President Donald Trump’s transition team issued a longer statement 2 hours later, marking “the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve,” said Elected United States President Donald Trump.
Elected United States President Donald Trump promised that his administration “will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to Raul Castro that Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.
Fidel Castro reign over the island nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the United States backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.
In January 1959, Fidel Castro overcame imprisonment at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico and led the revolution that overthrew Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
Castro grew closer to the soviets and allowed nuclear missiles to be placed in Cuba, which led to a US blockade that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war in October of 1962.
At age 32, Fidel Castro assumed military and political power becoming the youngest leader in Latin America.
For decades, Fidel Castro served as an inspiration and source of support to revolutionaries from Latin America to Africa.
Fidel Castro’s friendship with the Soviet Union and embracing of communism concerned the United States that the United States tried to overthrow him in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
Fidel Castro led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 United States presidents during his half century rule.
In mid 2006, a gastrointestinal ailment forced Fidel Castro to formally hand over presidency power to Raul Castro in 2008.
Fidel Castro who survived a crippling United States trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots.
Fidel Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States.
The 2 nations re-established diplomatic relations in July 2015, and United States President Barack Obama visited the island in 2016.
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