Cuban-Americans in Miami pay tribute to relatives who opposed the revolution of Fidel Castro following the Cuban leader's death at the age of 90. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Cuban-Americans poured into the streets of Miami on Friday night (November 26) to celebrate the death of long-time Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. His death was announced on Cuban state television Friday night by his brother, Raul, the country's current president. The bearded Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years, creating a one-party state with no room for other political viewpoints. Cuban exiles in Miami considered Castro a tyrant and fled his regime. For them, Castro's death marks an end to a painful chapter of their lives. "This is closure for the Cuban people," said one woman celebrating in the streets of Miami who said her father was imprisoned by the Castro regime. "I didn't get to live my early years of my childhood with my father because of Fidel Castro and his regime. Therefore, I am glad that he's gone," she said. Another woman clutched a Cuban flag that she said was given to her by her father, another political exile. "This belonged to my father, he gave it to me, he used to go to the UN, and be handcuffed, he said to me, 'hold this flag and raise it when he dies'," the woman told a local reporter.