Nov 26, 2016

By Bob Sheppard

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Fidel Castro is dead.

Cuba’s former president and revolutionary leader died Sunday night at the age of 90.

He ruled the island nation for nearly half a century after overthrowing military dictator Fulgencia Batista in 1959.

He survived the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1962, and was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later.

There were at least a dozen assiination attempts on his life, and a crippling U-S trade embargo, but Castro survived in power until a gastrointestinal ailment forced him to turn over control of Cuba to his younger brother Raul in 2006.

Within an hour after the announcement of his death late Friday night, the streets of Miami’s Little Havana teemed with people cheering his death after they and their families who fled the communist countrty had spent so many years denouncing Castro’s takeover of property and the imprisonment and execution of so many people.

Prime Minister Trudeau, speaking at the summint of Francophone countries in Madagascar offered condolences to the people of Cuba on behalf of the people of Canada.

Castro will be cremated, and starting Wednesday his ashes will be taken on a cross-country tour from Havana to Santiago. It’s the reverse of the route he took when he led his revolution to victory in 1959.

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