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Here's How The World Reacted To The Death Of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

Ask a dozen people who Fidel Castro was, and you’ll get a dozen different answers. To many, he was a revolutionary who gave Cuba back to the people following his coup in 1959. To others, he was a dictator who oppressed his people and nearly plunged the world into nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis only a few years later. 

It’s understandable then that reactions have been so mixed since his brother, Raul Castro, announced that the 90-year-old had died early this morning. 

In Cuba itself, a period of mourning has been announced on the island until 4 December, when his ashes will be laid to rest in Santiago.

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While in Miami, Florida, Cuban Americans who fled Castro’s oppressive regime celebrated his death in the streets by banging pans and drinking champagne. 

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Members of Leftists organizations in India organized a remembrance rally in Kolkata.

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While flowers littered the Cuban embassy in Moscow, Russia.

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President Obama, who ended the United State’s embargo of Cuba, said in a statement that “history will judge the enormous impact” of Cuba’s late leader on the world. While president-elect Donald Trump was far less diplomatic in his reaction. 

Reactions on social media have seen just as mixed.

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