Miami’s joy­ous Cubans hope for change with Castro’s death

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MIAMI (AP): EARING HIS ‘Bay of Pigs Vet­eran’ shirt, 80-year-old Rafael Torre stood amid hun­dreds of Cuban-Amer­i­cans cel­e­brat­ing the death of Fidel Castro and mar­velled that he re­mained in power for so long.

Cuban ex­iles such as Torre tried nu­mer­ous ways to dis­lodge Castro af­ter he took con­trol in 1959, in­clud­ing the failed 1961 CIA-backed in­va­sion memo­ri­alised on his shirt. Now, like many oth­ers, Torre is hope­ful for Cuba’s fu­ture with the bearded rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader fi­nally gone.

“We tried for more than 50 years, but couldn’t do it. Now he’s dead, and maybe things can change,” Torre said. “It might take three or four years. Maybe the revo­lu­tion will be on the streets in three or four months.”

Thou­sands of peo­ple took to the streets of Miami and nearby ci­ties Satur­day shortly af­ter the early morn­ing an­nounce­ment of Castro’s death at age 90, and kept the party go­ing all day. They banged pots with spoons, honked car horns, waved Cuban and US flags in the air and whooped in ju­bi­la­tion on Calle Ocho – as Lit­tle Ha­vana’s 8th Street is uni­ver­sally known.

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