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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Marchante

Fidel Castro dead at 90

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

Michelle Marchante/Staff Writer

Cubans in Miami took to the streets to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro just after midnight on Friday, Nov. 25.

A nine-day mourning period for the former president, was announced on Cuba’s state television by his brother and current president, Raul Castro.

Fidel, whose communist dictatorship controlled the island for more than 50 years, died at 90 years old.

In a city shaped by Cuban exiles who fled Fidel’s 1959 revolution the celebrations are not for the death of a person, but for the death of a symbol that represents the oppression, pain and suffering of the Cuban people.

“A communist dictator has finally died and this is the chance for the Cuban people to take back their country, do away with socialism and finally have freedom,” Ashley Verdugo, a junior studying broadcast journalism with a minor in political science said to Student Media.

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