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Cuban-Americans Dancing In The Streets Of Little Havana Celebrating Castro’s Death

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Cuban-Americans took to the streets of Miami’s Little Havana to celebrate the death of communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro early Saturday morning.

Throughout the main drag of the city, Calle Ocho, people began waving Cuban flags, dancing, and popping champagne in celebration of Castro’s death.

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, known for being vocal about her opposition to Castro, tweeted out an immediate response to the mass celebration ensuing in Miami streets.

The congresswoman went on to say that a “new day must dawn for the oppressed Cuban people.”

The mayor of Miami, a Cuban-American, said the announcement of Castro’s death was a “victory.”

Fidel Castro was a key figure in the Cold War, beginning with the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista and the installation of a communist regime which Castro presided over until handing over power to his brother Raul Castro in 2008.

Castro created a hostile environment for those who opposed his rule. During his tenure as Cuba’s leader, hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled to the U.S., establishing vibrant communities across southern Florida. Miami is one of the most prominent and well-established Cuban communities in the U.S. (RELATED: Castro Croaks: Fidel Dead At 90)

The celebrations were still raging through the early hours of Sunday morning, while many Cuban Americans were witnessing a Castro-free Cuba for the first times in their lives.

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