Cubans living in Florida are celebrating the news that Fidel Castro has had to relinquish his powers. Cheering, honking car horns and waving flags, they have lined the streets in Little Havana in Miami to mark what they see as the president’s imminent demise. Many of the 650,000 expatriates living there look forward to the day they can return to their homeland once he dies. One expatriate said: “Every life has to have an end and we are hoping that this will be the end for him because lots of people here have suffered to come to this country and leave theirs, so it is important that we can go back in freedom to our own land.”
“I feel happy,” said another. “It is hard to feel happy for somebody to die but Castro has destroyed Cuba and destroyed Cubans so we want change and if Castro has to die for that, we are happy for him to die.”
Over nearly five decades, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have fled Castro’s rule. Today, they feel one step closer to a free Cuba.