Former Cuban president Fidel Castro passed away late Friday at the age of ninety according to his brother incumbent president Raul Castro. Castro, who served his country for 32 years, was the brain behind his Cuba’s conversion into a one-party socialist state under the Communist Party. And while his leadership was revered by many, some also despised his iron hand. Regardless, there are still numerous Fidel Castro tributes pouring in online for the departed leader.
Mikhail Gorbachev, who was the last leader of the Soviet Union, was of those who remembered Castro as person who left a mark on both Cuba and world history.
“Fidel held his ground and strengthened his country at the time of the harshest American blockade, at the time of massive pressure on him,” shared the former Soviet Union leader. “Nevertheless he led out his country from the blockade to the path of self-sustained and independent development.”
China’s president Xi Jinping also paid tribute to Castro saying “the Chinese people have lost a close comrade and a sincere friend.”
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi chose to remember the departed leader through Twitter.
“Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend,” indicated his Tweet. I extend my deepest condolences to the Government and people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace.”
Ireland’s president Michael D. Higgins recalled his country’s close relationship with Castro saying he was “a giant among global leaders.” Fellow Irish politician Gerry Adams shared how the Cuban leader was a “”good friend to the Irish people and an admirer of our struggle.”
Fidel Castro tributes contradicted by criticism
While some chose to give Fidel Castro tributes, others were very loud with their criticism of the former Cuban president. Specifically, Cubans who had migrated to the United States.
“A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western Hemisphere,” said U.S. Congress representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was is a Cuban-American Republican who has been living in Miami.
A fellow Cuban Orlidia Montells shared the same sentiment saying “This is the happiest day of my life, Cubans are finally free.”
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