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In South Florida, Anniversary of Castro's Death Ignored

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Sunday, 26 November 2017 04:58 PM

The anniversary of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death was met with little fanfare in South Florida, where hundreds of thousands of Cubans have made their home over the last 50 years after fleeing Castro's 1959 revolution, the Miami Herald reports.  

In Cuba, Castro-focused events and tributes are happening from Nov. 25 (Castro’s death) through Dec. 4, the date of his burial. Castro, who built a Communist-run state just 90 miles from Florida and rebelled against U.S. efforts to topple him, died at age 90 in 2016. His passing plunged Cuba into nine days of national mourning, and “I am a Fidel” became a nationwide chant during that time.

In South Florida, though, many Cuban exiles celebrated his passing.

“It’s an intense, painful memory but the generation of my parents has died,” Andy Gomez, the interim director of the University of Miami Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, told the Herald. “The topic has lost some of its interest. I think there is a bit of Cuba fatigue now in the Cuban-American community.”

In other parts of the world, Castro is being celebrated for bringing Cuba onto the world stage. Since his death, several statues of him have appeared in Russia, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic as well as in London. There have also been photo exhibitions and seminars on his life. 

But the feeling in South Florida is different. 

“Using his own words that ‘history will absolve me,’ history hasn’t absolved him of anything and maybe never will,” Gomez said. “The last chapter is yet to be written, but I believe the ideals of the Cuban Revolution went to the grave with him.”

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The anniversary of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's death was met with little fanfare in South Florida, where hundreds of thousands of Cubans have made their home over the last 50 years after fleeing Castro's 1959 revolution, the Miami Herald reports.
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