When the news broke of Fidel Castro’s death, there were many reactions. Many people in Cuba flooded to memorials to pay their finals respects, while others in the United States were jubilant.
Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Castro is guilty of committing many atrocious crimes against his people, some of which include murder. However, many people who live in Cuba were sad about his death, even though many lived through his reign.
F. Castro’s brother Raul Castro announced the death on national Cuban television on November 25th. R. Castro announced that his brother’s death would be honored with nine days of morning, beginning the next morning at 6:00 a.m., according to an article written by Laura Wagner and Emma Bowman on NPR.org.
News of Castro’s death resulted in multiple reactions from many different people. Popular social media apps like Snapchat featured snaps from Little Havana in Florida of people in the streets cheering and parading. News coverage of Cuban residents showed a much different reaction.
Multiple news outlets captured the emotions of saddened Cubans as they gathered at memorials to pay their final respects. Multiple memorials were set up for Cubans to gather and pay their respects according to Patrick Oppmann, Madison Park, and Laura Smith-Spark in an article on CNN.com.
The difference in reactions between the people of Cuba and Cubans living in the U.S. were very puzzling.
In the days following Castro’s death, many tweets and statements surfaced in the U.S. regarding the ex-communist’s death.
“Tyrant + thug #FidelCastro is dead. We must work for a #Cuba that is free, democratic, and prosperous,” tweeted Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a congresswoman in Florida, cited by Laura Wagner and Emma Bowman in an article on NPR.org.
“’The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people,’” Marco Rubio, a senator from Florida, said in a statement cited by Laura Wagner and Emma Bowman in an article on NPR.org.
“’Fidel Castro’s death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families. Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba,’” Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas, said in a statement cited by Laura Wagner and Emma Bowman in an article on NPR.org.
The statements provided by these lawmakers was a clear representation of how different the reactions have been by people living in the U.S. as opposed to people living in Cuba. During Castro’s rule, many people left Cuba in order to escape his rule.