Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for almost half a century. Even after worldwide one after another collapsed Communist regimes, Castro continued to keep the red flag flying on the doorstep of its main enemy — the United States of America.
Supporters of Castro praised him as a soldier-politician who returned to power in Cuba people. At the same time, he was repeatedly accused in the harsh oppression of the opposition and implementation of policies that destroyed the national economy. Many Cubans hated Castro, but many genuinely loved him, believing that he is like the David who challenged Goliath. For the last Castro is Cuba and Cuba is Castro.
“Left in immortality”: the reaction of politicians to the death of Fidel Castro
New York Times
Fidel Castro has held power more than any other living politicians, with the exception of Queen Elizabeth II. He became a prominent international figure, whose status in the world has been significantly above that which could expect the leader of a small Caribbean island state with a population of 11 million people.
The icon of the revolution, one of the most famous and controversial world leaders, who survived numerous attempts on his life and premature obituaries, died on Friday evening after a long battle with a serious illness.
Given his age and health problems, the message of his death was to be expected. Nevertheless, it was a shock, commander, hero of the armed liberation struggle, is no more. The news of his death was one of those messages, which is the fear of friends and eager foes.