Cuban-American Gloria Estefan’s powerful response to Fidel Castro’s death 5

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Around 50 years ago, Gloria Estefan fled Cuba with her family when Fidel Castro took power. She arrived in the United States as a toddler and she has been vocal in her opposition of the Castro regime’s human rights abuses and policies.

When news of the former leader broke, hundreds of Miami residents took to the streets of Little Havana calling “Freedom!” and “The tyrant has died”. Among them was Estefan, who highlighted the end of an era on social media.

Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world. 馃嚚馃嚭馃嚭馃嚫 Aunque la muerte de un ser humano es raramente causa para celebrar, es la muerte simb贸lica de las ideolog铆as destructivas que el patrocin贸 que, en mi opini贸n, est谩n llenando al exilio Cubano de esperanza renovada y un alivio que ha tardado mucho en llegar. Y aunque el agarre del r茅gimen Castrista no se aflojara de un d铆a para otro, el deceso de un l铆der que supervis贸 el aniquilamiento de aquellos con puntos de vistas opuestos al suyo, el encarcelamiento de inocentes, la separaci贸n de familias, la censura de la libertad de expresi贸n, el esparcimiento de terrorismo sancionado por su gobierno y la destrucci贸n econ贸mica de un pa铆s exitoso que prosperaba, solo puede llevar a cambios positivos para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo. Que la libertad siga viva en los Estados Unidos, mi bello pa铆s adoptivo, y que la esperanza para la libertad crezca y se renueve en los corazones de cada Cubano en mi tierra natal y a trav茅s del mundo.馃嚚馃嚭馃嚭馃嚫

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Estefan wrote a long message in both English and Spanish:

Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving and successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world.

The ‘Conga’ singer told the Huffington Post earlier this year that while there had been political changes, most of them had occurred in the US and not on the Caribbean island.

“They continue to abuse huamdn rights,” she said at the time. “I’m still looking forward to the day where there’s actual political change in Cuba.”

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  2. The abuse of human rights is an interesting question to raise about Cuba.
    The reason the revolution succeeded was because the previous government was supported by the US and had turned the average Cuban into a slave for the American big business. The Castros resisted this and so he country was punished by a terrible blockade of food and medicines lasting 60 years. Hundreds of unsuccessful assassination attempts and CIA sponsered invasion failed to beat the Cubans. Castro could not have survived without popular support. Did you know that Nelson Mandela attributed to the cubans the freedom of Namibia, the freedom of Mandela and the overthrow of apartheid?
    Those who celebrate are those whose life of wealth at the expense of the general population was interrupted.

    Those people can take cheer that the Trump has promised to do his worst for Cuba to reinstate the old family tyranny
    I wish Cuba well.

  3. Aha!! So mainstream media gets it wrong again and Donald Trump gets it right…. This is starting to be quite a common trend.

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