By John Smith •
Published: 26 Nov 2016 • 8:50
Fidel Castro meets Vladimir Putin
WHEN Fidel Castro handed over the reins of government of Cuba to his brother Raul in 2006 and effectively disappeared from the political stage soon after, there were rumours that he had died but the new government were keeping his death secret in case of civil disruption.
According to an announcement made by President Raul Castro on the Cuban TV on the evening of November 25, the former president and leader of the Cuban revolution aged 90 died during that day and his body was to be cremated on Saturday November 26 followed by several days of mourning.
Having ruled Cuba as a single party state for some 50 years, he was seen as a saviour by many and a monster by others so whilst there will be sadness around Cuba, there is celebration in much of Miami where thousands of Cuban emigres have made their homes.
Certainly the last of the great communist leaders from the time of the Cold War and beyond, the revolutionary leader of a little country in the Caribbean certainly made his mark in history and will be remembered for years to come.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” – Mark TwainCastro was a dictator who oppressed his people for 50 years.An ex KGB agent, he massacred thousands of civilians after his coup & persecuted gays. He tried to persuade people Russia to launch a nuclear first strike against USA & supported terrorists.Having improved Cuba’s literary rate, he dictated what should be read, that’s why Cuba was overrun by people wanting to migrate there -NOT!
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