Celebrations erupted in the streets of Miami after the news broke that Cuba’s communist strongman Fidel Castro has died. The man who had been the bane of a long line of U.S. presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Barack Obama excluded) checked out late Friday at the tender age of 90. Castro ruled Cuba with an iron fist that only recently has relaxed due to age and poor health but nobody lies forever – not even Fidel.
According to Reuters “Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90”:
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, his younger brother announced to the nation. He was 90.
A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century,
Castro stayed true to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism, and retained an aura in parts of the world that had struggled against colonial rule and exploitation.
He had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. He formally ceded power to his younger brother two years later.
Wearing a green military uniform, Cuba’s President Raul Castro appeared on state television to announce his brother’s death.
“At 10.29 at night, the chief commander of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, died,” he said, without giving a cause of death.
“Ever onward, to victory,” he said, using the slogan of the Cuban revolution.
Tributes poured in from world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who said “revolutionaries of the world must follow his legacy.”
The streets were quiet in Havana, but some residents reacted with sadness to the news, while in Miami, where many exiles from the Communist government live, a large crowd waving Cuban flags cheered, danced and banged on pots and pans, a video on social media showed.
Castro’s death caps off a really shitty month for leftists who are still trying to process the election defeat of Hillary Clinton and now also have been hit with the loss of an ideological inspiration. There is nary a dry eye in the Bernie Sanders political operation today and the hammer and sickle will be flown at half-staff.
Fidel will now spend an extended period of time roasting on a spit in the bowels of Hades where Satan will be basting his ass with a nice habanero-lime chutney.
Originally published at Downtrend.com