Fidel Castro dies at age 90

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 26 November 2016, 16:40 hrs, UTC, Post #37.

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Fidel Castro, who overthrew the Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and led a successful Communist revolution in that country, died Saturday night (25 November 2016) at age 90.

In a nationally televised address to the Cuban population, Raul Castro said an official mourning period has been declared through 04 December 2016 “when his ashes will be laid to rest in the south-eastern city of Santiago.”

According to the BBC, Fidel Castro survived over 600 assassination attempts and established himself as the “longest serving non royal leader of the 20th century.”

Here are some of the comments given by world leaders to the BBC:

The Soviet Union’s last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, said: “Fidel stood up and strengthened his country during the harshest American blockade, when there was colossal pressure on him.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin described him as a “reliable and sincere friend” of Russia, while Chinese President Xi Jinping said “Comrade Castro will live forever”.

For French President Francois Hollande, Castro embodied Cuba‘s revolution in both its “hopes” and its later “disappointments”.

Pope Francis, who met Castro, an atheist, when he visited Cuba in 2015, called his death “sad news” and sent “sentiments of grief”.

In the United States, President-elect Donald Trump used his twitter account to say “Castro is dead!”

Fidel Castro has left a legacy that only history will define.

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