Party in Miami as news of
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.