MIAMI – Dozens of Cubans rallied on Saturday at Miami’s Versailles cafe waving Cuban and American flags in response to news of the death of Fidel Castro, at the age of 90, whose revolution led to the diaspora of thousands of Cubans since 1959.
Local television stations broadcast scenes of crowds gathering outside the famous café, which has been the scene of similar celebrations every time rumors of Fidel Castro’s death circulated.
Much of the crowd was celebrating, with some even crying with excitement.
Fidel Castro’s death was announced by his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on state television shortly before midnight.
The remains of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution will be cremated “according to his wishes,” stated a visibly emotional Raul.
Eighth Street in Miami, the main arterial road of Little Havana, was blocked on Saturday with people as they took to the streets to celebrate Castro’s death.
In a statement to EFE, Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Cuban exile organization, Movimiento Democracia, lamented that Castro’s death will not mean “freedom for Cuba’s people.”
“It is the greatest sadness that I have in my heart,” the activist said.