EU Chief Grieves Death Of ‘Hero’ Fidel Castro

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, called deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro “a hero for many” whose “legacy will be judged by history.”

Juncker was one of several world leaders who decided to praise Castro, 90, following the news of his passing Saturday. He called Castro one of the “revolutionary figures of the 20th century” in a statement.

“Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution,” Juncker said. “With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond.”

A number of world leaders decided to praise Castro. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was mocked for highlighting Castro’s “dedication and love for the Cuban people.”  (RELATED: Trudeau Expresses ‘Deepest Condolences’ Over The Death Of Repressive Dictator Fidel Castro)

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President,” Trudeau said in a released statement. “Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”

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