Party in Mi­ami as news of

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

To cries of "Cuba Li­bre!" and "Free­dom! Free­dom!" CubanAmer­i­cans poured on to the streets of Mi­ami early Satur­day to cel­e­brate the death of their neme­sis Fidel Cas­tro. Rev­el­ers, many of whom were ex­iled by Ha­vana's com­mu­nist regime, honked car horns, banged on pots and drums, and danced, cried, and waved Cuban flags in a wave of com­mu­nal eu­pho­ria.

Cas­tro died late Fri­day, his brother and Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro an­nounced on na­tional tele­vi­sion around mid­night. In Mi­ami-home to the largest con­cen­tra­tion of CubanAmer­i­cans in the United States-the news spread quickly and with fer­vor. "It's sad that one finds joy in the death of a per­son-but that per­son should never have been born," said Pablo Aren­cibia, 67, a teacher who fled Cuba 20 years ago. "Satan is now the one who has to worry," be­cause "Fidel is head­ing there and is go­ing to try to get his job," joked Aren­cibia, amid the loud party-like at­mos­phere.

Sens­ing the his­toric mo­ment, younger rev­el­ers streamed the event on Face­book Live, posted pic­tures on In­sta­gram, and broad­cast the cel­e­bra­tions on Face­Time and Skype to friends and rel­a­tives on the is­land.

Lit­tle Ha­vana and Hialeah-Mi­ami neigh­bor­hoods where many Cuban ex­iles set­tled-saw peo­ple dance, hug, and ex­change com­ments like "it took so long," and "now only Raul is miss­ing." "Cuba Li­bre"-Free Cuba-has been a ral­ly­ing cry for ex­iles ever since the Cas­tro broth­ers took over Cuba in 1959. The rum and Coke drink of the same name, how­ever pre­dates the Cas­tro regime. Some two mil­lion Cubans live in the United States, nearly 70 per­cent of them in Florida.

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