'Little Havana' Celebrates Castro's Death

"His passing closes a very painful chapter for Cubans"

Communist dictator Fidel Castro was such a great leader and beloved by so many that thousands of men and women in Miami's Little Havana who fled his Communist paradise have taken to the streets to celebrate his death

From ABC News: 

On Calle Ocho, the main thoroughfare of Little Havana, people waved Cuban flags in the air, banged on pots with spoons, and fireworks exploded in the air. The joy of these revelers illustrated the disdain they had for the late communist leader.

'Cuba si! Castro no!' some chanted, while others screamed 'Cuba libre!'

The celebrations, which were still going strong at 3 a.m., prompted police to advise motorists to avoid the area.

It should be noted here that ABC News characterized local Florida leaders criticism of Fidel Castro as having "avoided the more respectful tone adopted by many world leaders," as if Castro deserves any such tone. 

Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he hoped that Castro's death would usher in an era of freedom to the oppressed nation. His statement: 

I join Cuban-Americans and Floridians across the country who are incredibly hopeful for the future of Cuba. After decades of oppression, the Cuban people deserve freedom, peace and democracy. I have met so many Cubans who have come to Florida to flee the tyranny, brutality, and communism of the Castro brothers’ oppressive regime and now is the time to look at policy changes that will demand democracy in Cuba. Today’s news should usher in an era of freedom, peace and human dignity for everyone in Cuba and the State of Florida stands ready to assist in that mission,” he said in a statement.

Mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, said a "very painful chapter" has been closed for Cubans.

Early this morning, I learned of Fidel Castro's death. His passing closes a very painful chapter for Cubans on the island and Cuban-Americans throughout the world, including for thousands of Miami-Dade County residents who were personally affected by his cruel and brutal dictatorship. Despite this historic moment however, we know that Fidel's brother Raul continues to lead one of the world's most repressive governments. My hope is that a free and democratic Cuba with the same freedoms we treasure here in the United States will soon emerge. It is what the Cuban people deserve.

Gimenez continued, "I ask that all our residents who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully. May God bless the people of Cuba, Miami-Dade County and the United States of America."  

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