Murderous commie dictator, Fidel Castro, who ruthlessly repressed the Cuban people, torturing and killing his political opponents, and nearly caused a nuclear war, is finally dead.
He continues to repress them even in death, as the government imposes a mandatory 9-day “mourning” period, no doubt to prevent the joyous celebrations that broke out in Miami over night.
From the Miami Herald:
Passing cars honked incessantly. People waved huge Cuban flags. Parents carried their children and puppies. A few people appeared clad in pajamas and, in one case, flamingo slippers, jolted out of bed — and out of their homes — by the late-night news.
Shortly after midnight, Cuban leader Raúl Castro announced on state television, his voice trembling, that his older brother had died at 10:29 p.m.
“Toward victory, always!” he said.Calle Ocho was completely shut down to traffic to accommodate the elated crowds gathered at Versailles Cuban restaurant, the iconic exile hangout, to cheer and wave signs — no matter how unseemly it might be to revel in an old man’s death.Some even yelled profanities about Castro.
“Fidel, tirano, llévate a tu hermano,” they chanted outside Versailles. Fidel, tyrant, take your brother. There was also a variant: “Raúl, tirano, vete con tu hermano” (Raul, tyrant, go with your brother).
Someone outside the restaurant brought a portable karaoke system, and the crowd sang Cuban star Willy Chirino’s exile anthem, “Nuestro día ya viene llegando” (Our day is coming), as the scent of long-saved Cuban cigars burned at last.
“Libertad!” young and old yelled. Liberty.
People were still popping champagne bottles in the middle of the street after 4 a.m.…
Only about 20 people milled outside Versailles’ cafecito window right before 1 a.m. “Cuba libre!” drivers hollered from their cars. The few onlookers explained the news to passersby — and to a few confused, straggling tourists still dressed in clubbing attire.
About an hour later, the crowd had swelled to hundreds, including Venezuelans, Colombians and Puerto Ricans who said they came in solidarity. The mood was festive, with periodic outbursts of anger at Raúl Castro.
“One down, now comes the other,” yelled Enrique Rodriguez, 58, to cheers. “He can go to hell just like his brother.”
Barely half an hour after the news broke , several street sellers had parked on the sidewalk selling everything from flags to beaded necklaces in Cuba’s colors. The Cuban flags went very quickly: Tony Erst, one of the sellers, said he was sold out of 100 Cuban flags with car clips within 20 minutes.
On the outskirts of the rowdy crowd, Vivian Trigo, 57, stood quietly with a yellowed, framed photo of her parents. She came to Miami from Cuba in 1961, when she was 2 years old.
“They passed away before they could see this day,” she said. “I wish they could be here, but I know they are. And they can rest in peace now that the devil is gone.”
After a first weak attempts to start singing the national anthem by older people in the crowd, a woman got a megaphone and led the crowd in the first two stanzas of La Bayamesa. Many in the crowd had pulled up the lyrics on their phones.…
Castro’s death comes during the transition of President-elect Donald Trump, who pledged as a candidate to undo President Barack Obama’s policy renewing diplomatic relations and pursuing closer ties with Cuba.
In an odd historical coincidence that did not go unnoticed among some exiles, Castro died 17 years to the day a 5-year-old boy named Elián González was rescued off Florida’s coast, also on Thanksgiving weekend.
Contemplating the revelry from the parking lot of a Latin Café in Hialeah was 80-year-old Elisa Martin, who fled Cuba in 1962, leaving behind her father and cousins. She seemed bewildered, eyes wide at the unfolding scene.
“I feel the worst for the people still living in Cuba,” she said. “He’s done so many bad things.”
Her son, Dan Martin, a 46-year-old engineer who was born in Miami, watched with amazement.
“I find it hard to be believe. We’ve been out here so many times when it wasn’t true and this time it is,” he said. “I have so many family members who never lived to see this day.”
Oscar Gomez, who turned 18 on Thursday, considered the street party in Hialeah “the biggest celebration ever.” “What else could I ask for?”
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, who was born in Cuba, predicted the demonstrations would “continue all day.”
“I can’t say I am unhappy,” he acknowledged. “This is something we have been waiting for for a long time.”
Even a steady rain did nothing to turn away the crowd. If anything, the crowd delighted in it, dancing under umbrellas in the downpour.
“This is one step closer to me being able to go back to my country,” said 49-year-old Eduardo Blasto. “I’ve been waiting for this for 49 years.”
Be prepared for a lot of Lame Stream Media stories with a “nuanced” approach, as in, “his supporters say he brought education and health care to the poor, while others point to his suppression of free speech and jailing of political opponents.” That is sickening garbage. Don’t fall for it, or for the praise he has received for decades from Hollywood useful idiots. He was a brutal dictator who does not deserve to be romanticized.
My friend, and Teri O’Brien Show guest, Humberto Fontova, himself a Cuban exile, has written many books, two about Castro. I highly recommend them.[amazon template=wishlist&asin=0895260433][amazon template=wishlist&asin=1594036675]