The infamous Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who was renowned for his controversy throughout the past several decades with relation to his citizens and the United States. Castro toppled the Cuban government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades and survived many assassination plots. Fidel’s younger brother and successor for the past 8 years, President Raul Castro, announced the news on state television last night.
There have been mixed reactions to his death. Many Cubans who fled Castro’s Cuba took to the streets to celebrate and world leaders reacted. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Castro was a “great friend” of Mexico, while El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he was an “eternal companion”. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said “revolutionaries of the world must follow his legacy”. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was a “reliable and sincere friend” of Russia, while Chinese President Xi Jinping said “Comrade Castro will live forever”. For French President Francois Hollande, Castro embodied Cuba’s revolution in both its “hopes” and its later “disappointments”. Donald Trump, Presiden-Elect of the United States just tweeted “Fidel Catro is dead!”
It’s the end of a legacy for a man who at one point could have triggered WWIII had the Bay of Pigs turned out differently. He will be remembered, that’s for sure.