World Leaders Respond To Fidel Castro's Death

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who established a communist regime in Cuba that survived the collapse of the USSR, inspired revolutionary movements around the globe and brought two superpowers close to nuclear war before stepping down after 49 years in power, died last night at the age of 90. Castro passed away at 10:29 p.m. Friday local time, his brother President Raul Castro, who has ruled the country since 2006, said on state media Nov. 25. He will be cremated early on Saturday.

Reactions to his death, like his life, were deeply divided. World leaders including Russian president Putin, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Latin American politicians issued statements and tweets highlighting Castro’s achievements and extolling his virtues.

World leaders paid tribute on Saturday to Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, but in death just as in life he divided opinion, and critics labeled him a "tyrant". Quoted by Reuters, Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union which had long acted as an economic and political prop for Cuba, said Castro left a lasting mark on his country and on world history.

"Fidel held his ground and strengthened his country at the time of the harshest American blockade, at the time of massive pressure on him," Gorbachev was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying. "Nevertheless he led out his country from the blockade to the path of self-sustained and independent development."

In a telegram of condolence to Raul Castro, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the late leader an "inspiring example for many countries".

Cuban President Fidel Castro welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin at Jose Marti Airport in Havana on December 13, 2000

In his message to Cuba, Putin said:

“I offer my deepest condolences to you and the entire Cuban nation over the death of your brother, the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro. The name of this remarkable statesman is rightfully viewed as a symbol of a whole era in modern history. Free and independent Cuba built by him and his fellow revolutionaries has become an influential member of the international community and serves as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples.


Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made a tremendous personal contribution to the establishment and progress of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic partnership in all areas.


This strong and wise man always looked into the future with confidence. He embodied the high ideals of a politician, citizen and patriot who wholeheartedly believed in the cause, to which he devoted his life. Russians will always cherish his memory in their hearts.


In this mournful hour, I ask you to pass on my words of sympathy and support to all members of your family. I wish you courage and tenacity as you face this irreparable loss.”

EU Leader Jean-Claude Juncker responded emotionally, tweeting "with the death of #FidelCastro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many."

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a statement that: "the Chinese people have lost a close comrade and a sincere friend". Xi hailed Castro for his contribution to the development of communism both in Cuba and around the world. Comrade Castro will live forever."

India's prime minister Modi sent his "deepest condolences" to Cuba. "May his soul rest in peace," he tweeted. "Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend."

Castro was "a unique figure who fought against colonialism and exploitation" and was "a model of the fight for independence by oppressed nations," said Iran's foreign minister, the Fars news agency reported.

Philippines outspoken president was also celebratory, saying for the Philippines' president, Castro distinguished himself by "standing up against the West and imperialism".

The sentiment was shared in Vietnam whose official Communist news agency hailed Castro as "a great leader" who was "the shining reflection of the independence and revolutionary movements of countries in Latin America and around the world."

In Venezuela, a long-time ally of Cuba and staunch opponent of the political stance of the United States, President Nicolas Maduro said Castro had inspired and would continue to inspire his country. "We will keep on winning and keep fighting. Fidel Castro is an example of the fight for all the people of the world. We will go forward with his legacy," Maduro told television station Telesur by telephone. “To all the revolutionaries of the world, we have to continue with his legacy and his flag of independence, of socialism, of homeland,” tweeted Maduro. 

In Bolivia, where Ernesto "Che" Guevara died in 1967 in a failed bid to export Cuba's revolution, President Evo Morales said in a statement: "Fidel Castro left us a legacy of having fought for the integration of the world's peoples ... The departure of Comandante Fidel Castro really hurts."

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (right) pictured in the 1960s during a meeting next to Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said: "A great has left us. Fidel has died. Long live Cuba! Long live Latin America!"

South African President Jacob Zuma had warm words, thanking the Cuban leader for his help and support in the struggle to overthrow apartheid. "President Castro identified with our struggle against apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle. As a way of paying homage to the memory of President Castro, the strong bonds of solidarity, cooperation and friendship that exist between South Africa and Cuba must be maintained and nurtured."

This photo taken on September 2, 1998 shows South African President Nelson Mandela greeting Cuban leader Fidel Castro as he arrives for the opening of the 12th Non-Aligned Movement summit in Durban, South Africa.

French President Francois Hollande mourned the loss of a major figure on the world stage and welcomed the rapprochement between Havana and Washington, while noting concerns over human rights under the Castro regime. "Fidel Castro was a towering figure of the 20th century. He incarnated the Cuban revolution, in both its hopes and subsequent disillusionments," Hollande said in a statement.

"France, which condemned human rights abuses in Cuba, had equally challenged the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and France was glad to see the two countries re-establish dialogue and open ties between themselves," added the Socialist party leader. Hollande met Fidel Castro in May, 2015 during the first ever visit by a French head of state to Cuba since the Cuban revolution.

The UN Secretary General said "At this time of national mourning, I offer the support of the United Nations to work alongside the people of the island."

Spain's Prime Minister also delivered a statement, sending his condolences to Cuba's government and people, via Twitter, where he described Castro as "a figure of historic significance".

Even Argentine football legend Diego Maradona lamented Castro's death saying "I'm terribly sad as he was like a second father."

Later in the morning, president Obama also issued a statement:

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At the same time, crowds of exiled Cubans and their supporters gathered on the streets of Miami to celebrate the passing of a sometimes unyielding ruler who divided families and ruled with an iron fist. Havana, meanwhile, remained quiet.

In contrast, the reaction from some Cubans living in the United States was scathing and celebratory. U.S. Congress representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American Republican from Miami, said in a statement: “The day that the people, both inside the island and out, have waited for has arrived: A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western hemisphere."

“Those who still rule Cuba with an iron grip may attempt to delay the island’s liberation, but they cannot stop it. Castro’s successors cannot hide and must not be allowed to hide beneath cosmetic changes that will only lengthen the malaise of the Cuban nation. No regime, no matter who leads it, will have a shred of legitimacy if it has not been chosen by the people of Cuba in free and fair elections.”

In Miami, in the area surrounding the Versailles Restaurant where many exiles who fled the Cuban revolution live, people took to the streets in their cars in the early hours of Saturday morning to celebrate Castro's death.

Hundreds of people gathered waving flags, banging pots and pans and carrying umbrellas to shield them from steady rainfall. "This is the happiest day of my life, Cubans are finally free," said Orlidia Montells, an 84-year-old woman. Ros-Lehtinen framed Castro’s death as a chance for the U.S. to pressure Cuba to enact democratic reforms.

“Not until the gulags are closed, elections are held, political prisoners are freed and liberty is restored can the United States lawfully end its embargo against the communist regime in Havana. The time to act is now,” she said.

As Bloomberg notes, It’s not yet clear how Castro’s passing will impact the delicate detente between the U.S. and Cuba. Relations between the two countries have thawed since 2014, with President Barack Obama visiting Cuba this year and promising to ease sanctions that have crippled the island’s economy for half a century. However, on the campaign trail President-elect Donald Trump criticized Obama for making “concessions” to the regime.

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Finally, US President-elect Donald Trump has a simple, if quite factual reaction to Castro's passing.


For more on Fidel Castro's life and death, readers can parse the prepared obits at all the major media outlets including: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, WSJ

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Baldrick's picture

bet ya Barry is first in line to go to the funeral.

Arnold's picture

And the first to seek asylum?

TeamDepends's picture

White House spokesman Josh Earnest reports that President Obama is "crying like a pussy."

InsaneBane's picture

Another puppet gone...

The Police Murder by Numbers [1983 Every Breath You Take]

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) InsaneBane Nov 26, 2016 8:47 AM

Obama wants Fidel's old job. Hillary wants to set up a children's refugee program. Bernie Sanders & Jill Stein want to extort more money.

Clint Liquor's picture

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Just 50 years too late.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Ohh boy. Fidel Castro?

Reader, welcome to your daily brainwashing and misinformation.

But, thank goodness, not that most of you will bother to research, there are lots of articles and classified information available of what was done to Cuba and Castro, again, if you bother to research.

Now we’re left to know if any Hedger will steep to the plate and correct all the nonsense.

But, I am not holding my breath…………… Wondering why?  


nmewn's picture

What because he killed his own people mercilessly, even the ones who fought alongside him against Batista?

TeamDepends's picture

“One of the greatest benefits of the revolution is that even our prostitutes are college graduates.” -- Castro to director Oliver Stone in 2003 documentary “Comandante.”
Free college, anyone?

Oh regional Indian's picture

When the whole fucking world celebrates a dicktator, eulogizes him.... then we know we've gone full retard.....

Fidel Castro- CIA...

johngaltfla's picture

The very same Washington Post who accused Zero Hedge of acting like Pravda posted a headline on Castro's death which looks like the old USSR communist organ, Pravda:

The Hardcore pro-Marxists Bemoan Fidel Castro’s Death

May all the Castro lovers burn in hell with him.

Jim in MN's picture

Speaking of commies, lookie here what The Hill just posted yesterday, same day as Jill Clintonstein's recount petition went in:

See, Obama FORCED Her Fury to pretend to be patriotic on Election Day After.  

So it doesn't count, right?

johngaltfla's picture

Obama's just mad he didn't file papers to run in Cuba in 2017.

Jim in MN's picture

He hasn't said what he will do yet.  Personally I see him sucking up for quality golf time with The Donald.

PrayingMantis's picture

... let's face some facts ... regardless, whether you admire the man or not, Fidel Castro secured Cuba's independence from American imperialism ... and that says a lot about his legacy. 

I've been to Cuba. I didn't see any hardships experienced by the locals and everyone has a free ticket to university or college, whichever university discipline a Cuban prefers. Everyone has a free ticket to medical care. According to locals (both in Varadero and Havana), Castro dismantled the Cuban oligarchy and made Cuba free from the clutches of western banks, western mobsters (we visited Al Capone's mansion ;), western MSM, western shadow government and western think-tankers, etc.

Under Castro's leadership, the Cuban government did not collapse.  Contrary to what you might hear from the "prestigious" western MSM, the Cuban peso (there are two types, one for tourists and one for locals) for tourists is exchanged at 1.5x that of the US$ when I was there. The Cuban peso is "higher" and worth more than the US dollar, imagine that to my surprise.

My wife and I visited the tourist areas in Varadero and took a trip to Havana.  I didn't see any "homeless people" like you might find in "wealthy" NY, Chicago or Lost Angeles.

Cuba is self-sufficient in oil and you'll see oil derricks along the highway on the way to Havana.  The government looks after their people and their welfare, food and shelter, and that's why they've survived all these years without American "democracy". And those '57 Chevys and the like you see chugging around the capital are used as "taxis" because they know that tourists and visitors are quite nostalgic about such things. All the new cars and fancy air-conditioned tourist buses from Korea, China, Russia etc., (except for western wheels), are found all over and would rival the best in the western world.

Without going to too much detail, there was an incident that made us think that the Cubans are far more "friendly" and "compassionate" than the western world's citizens (I moved to and lived in this western world for the last 42 years ... btw, english is not my mother tongue, though I write my books in english).

We left the tourist confines of Varadero towards Havana. My wife and I was with a tour group when we took a detour to some alley and another and yet another alley and found ourselves totally lost ... deep into some Havana barrio, and I remember a beautiful portrait of Che Guevarra painted on a wall (took a picture).  We "tried" to speak to the locals (knowing a bit of Spanish) but to no avail. We didn't find them scary nor intimidating, btw, (probably not the same way you'd feel when you get accosted by locals in a western inner city). The Cubanos took their time to try to understand us. They ended up with a smile or a shoulder-shrug. They probably thought my spanish accent was too funny.  However, we noticed a fellow in black jacket had been following us for the last 20 minutes.  I also noticed a gun under his short jacket. He shadowed us.  Some locals tried to explain the path to the "mercado" and we weaved our way around the tight alleys and short "calles". Our shadow was still following us keeping a 15 to 20-foot gap between us ... never spoke to us.

Eventually, we reached the "market" where our tour group waited to board the tour bus back to Varadero. I looked back to our shadow and he gave a slight nod, a twitchy smile and walked away.

I stopped by a stall to ask about this "guy with a short jacket and gun".  Luckily, the store clerk spoke english. I told her our brief story; she said, must be the "secret police" ... "nothing happens here", she added and assured us, "but they keep you safe".

Since then, we keep wondering what if it ever happened in one of the western world's "inner cities", we'd be lucky to escape with our clothes on.

So those of you who would attempt to bash Castro (and Cuba for that matter), without experiencing a visit inside Cuba, might think twice about it and instead think about the legacy of their own western "democratic" world.

And those who fled the country when Castro took over, the locals told us, were the "corrupt" ones. We weren't sure what that really meant, because ... there's always two sides to a story folks. I would always try to keep an open mind about certain cultures due to the inherently biased propaganda spewed by the "prestigious" and self-righteous MSM.

And also, just an added info on the character of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro did not enrich himself while in power ... compare that to western or US politicians like Reid, Clinton and others like them.

And to compare Castro's legacy with the WH resident's legacy for the last 8 years, you might start with this testimony >>>

Manthong's picture

Likely Obama has been sobbing inconsolably…

First Hillary, now Fidel…

What’s next..  Frauke Petry taking over Germany ?????

OMG… Oh, the humanity !!!!!!

Manthong's picture

Salvini in Italy…

Le Pen in France…

Petry in Germany…

For God’s sakes, when will the terror end ???


That’s it, I’m going back on the bottle.

FGH's picture

Marxism is on the run!

And I hope it's a nice 12yr old...scotch that is!


BigJim's picture

When someone dies, you should only say something good.

Fidel Castro is dead; good!

Justin Case's picture

Thanks for posting yoar experience. I've been there 9 times and 9 different cities. Always felt safe there. People are great and accomodating. I did notice that they have a bit of an edge towards mericans, but they were loud mouthed and obnocious at the bar, pounding his glass for priority service. Similar encounter in Italy, just loud mouthed, but as they were leaving the entire  restaurant clapped. It's just their nature I guess, their shit don't stink.


Gracias, adiós

Bay of Pigs's picture

I've been to Thailand and Vietnam three times each and can say the same thing. I know lots of people from Canada who love Cuba and their people. I was simply pointing out that life there was hardly a paradise, especially if you disagreed with Castros hardline socialist policies.

Justin Case's picture

As a tourist who gives a shit. I didn't give a shit about UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Peurto Rico or Philippines either. I only care where I reside. The rest is up to the residents of that nation. If I don't like the country for my safety I don't travel there, e.g. Brazil or Dominican Rep.

rodocostarica's picture

Rot in hell with Che and the rest of the gang Fidel.

I have been to Cuba 8 times praying mantis and speak fluent Spanish.

To read your pure bullshit accounts makes me sick. You know nothing about Cuba. You are a f**king piece of shit stupid motherf***er.

Go live there with a monthly ration card if the place under the Castro's is so great.

Whalley World's picture

I have been many times as well and never met a Cuban with an underwater mortgage, three car loans and an inability to form a proper sentence.

PrayingMantis's picture


... looks like a costa rican 'Tico' retard had been triggered ... you should get off your high caballo and read my point again ... >>> there's always two sides to a story about Cuba and  Fidel Castro ...

... you can scream, rant and curse all you want because it only shows you belong to that costa rican Tico minority who thinks a slight sliver of purported intelligence might somehow be exposed if foul-language is utilized on your Tico's retarded comment. However, all you had proven and somehow accomplished is showing the readership about your minute scrap of costarican Tico mentality prevalent in your south american banana republic.



Donnie Duvanie's picture

You don't know anything about Castro, at all. His legacy will be murder, death and repression. You love him so much? you should have been there.

AVmaster's picture




Sick Fucks leftards are...

manofthenorth's picture

7 countries without a Rothschild owned Central Bank in the year 2000.







North Korea


The list is much shorter now.

Just think about that for a minute.

I suppose Cuba Libre will have one before long.

It is the Rothschild family thas has caused more of the world to burn than any other in history.

Justin Case's picture


Kuda happen again. Lucky trump is in huh?

Amun's picture

Hasta Siempre

"viva o Maior homem que enfrentou a arrogância ianque?"


Bay of Pigs's picture

When Putin referred to Cuba being "free and independent" I stopped reading. What a load of shit. Castro was a tyrant and his country remained a shithole for decades under his pathetic and brutal leadership.

End. Of. Story.

fx's picture

I guess you heard that all first hand - from the now celebrating Miami scum, that is. Cuba has been and still is more free in many aspects (not all, for sure) than  most any other country in the world. And you know why? Because a handful of countries continues to successfully disobey the will of the gangsters running washington DC. And Castro's Cuba was and is one of them. As is Russia. Now, go back and celebrate your supposed freedom. "safeguarded" by a police state, the NSA, the DHS, the IRS and all sorts of agencies that are there to serve and to protect. The elites that is. Though judging how delusional you sound, they need not be protected from you anyway.

Justin Case's picture

People like fake news in some respects, when it fits their narative.

Bay of Pigs's picture

I have never had any trouble traveling in the USA or expressing my religious or political views. Not sure why you think I'm delusional about political repression under Castro. Sounds like you have no fucking idea what went on there.

Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, they were free and prosperous fighting the good fight against the Zio-nazis of the NWO west all the while taking monetary subsidies from the benevolent benefactors of the USSR.

Let's twist history anyway we can to make a dictator with billions in Swiss bank accounts and living in luxury while his country starved and handed out aspirine calling it the worlds best health care.

But, hey, they had free college educations but no jobs unless you were party members.


Yes, yes, I'm dreaming of a utopian socialist Christmas, just like the one Castro used to provide......



God, Guns, Dead Democrats and Communists,

Let's Make America Great Again!

Justin Case's picture

a dictator with billions in Swiss bank accounts<--- Faux News?

Really? Taken from........the multi billion dollar Cuban economy? Now yoar just makin up shit. I know the capitalists do that and Vatican helps. American multinational private equity, alternative asset management Carlyle Group has Bush family's $200 billion proceeds of selling the gold that they stole from Philippines.

Castro never cashed a single cheque from merican Gov't for Gitmo. From the Kennedy days.

Déjà view's picture

$4,000 p.a. Guantanamo 'Lease' checks...better deal than weak to take back as Russia...

Pairadimes's picture

Castro was such a great leader that literally thousands of his countrymen were last seen fleeing Cuba on anything that floats.

Amun's picture

He was a great leader because he turned a former banana republic and a whore for US mafia into a free an independent state.

Castro's Cuba exported doctor's and nurses to Latin America

USSA is exporting terrorism around the world,  embargos and bombs countries that stand free and tall


So you should know by now just by looking at Syria and Libya that "floating countrymen"

are direct outcome of US embargos, bombings and state-sponsored terrorism

Justin Case's picture

N Engl J Med 2013

A Different Model — Medical Care in Cuba<------ Not Obama care

This highly structured, prevention-oriented system has produced positive results. Vaccination rates in Cuba are among the highest in the world. The life expectancy of 78 years from birth is virtually identical to that in the United States. The infant mortality rate in Cuba has fallen from more than 80 per 1000 live births in the 1950s to less than 5 per 1000 — lower than the U.S. rate, although the maternal mortality rate remains well above those in developed countries and is in the middle of the range for Caribbean countries.3,4 Without doubt, the improved health outcomes are largely the result of improvements in nutrition and education, which address the social determinants of health. Cuba's literacy rate is 99%, and health education is part of the mandatory school curriculum. A recent national program to promote acceptance of men who have sex with men was designed in part to reduce rates of sexually transmitted disease and improve acceptance of and adherence to treatment. Cigarettes can no longer be obtained with monthly ration cards, and smoking rates have decreased, though local health teams say it remains difficult to get smokers to quit. Contraception is free and strongly encouraged. Abortion is legal but is seen as a failure of prevention.

As a result of the strict economic embargo, Cuba has developed its own pharmaceutical industry and now not only manufactures most of the medications in its basic pharmacopeia, but also fuels an export industry. Resources have been invested in developing biotechnology expertise to become competitive with advanced countries. There are Cuban academic medical journals in all the major specialties, and the medical leadership is strongly encouraging research, publication, and stronger ties to medicine in other Latin American countries. Cuba's medical faculties, of which there are now 22, remain steadily focused on primary care, with family medicine required as the first residency for all physicians, even though Cuba now has more than twice as many physicians per capita as the United States.4 Many of those physicians work outside the country, volunteering for two or more years of service, for which they receive special compensation. In 2008, there were 37,000 Cuban health care providers working in 70 countries around the world.5 Most are in needy areas where their work is part of Cuban foreign aid, but some are in more developed areas where their work brings financial benefit to the Cuban government (e.g., oil subsidies from Venezuela).

Justin Case's picture

He was a great leader because he turned a former banana republic and a whore for US mafia into a free an independent state.

That really pissed off the merican ideologists. He shut down their play ground.

Justin Case's picture

So what's up with Mexico? Why the stampede from there?

Pure Evil's picture

They're just on the Latin America tour making a round trip through all the Latin American hellholes.

They start in Cuba, next up Venezuela, onto Mexico, then onto Canada to compare socialist medical care and then back to Cuba.

Sorta like a Disney cruise ship run down to the Caribbean.



God, Guns, Dead Democrats and Communists,

Let's Make America Great Again!

killBone's picture

Hey genius?  If America is sooooo weally weally bad? How come people from every country in the world are running to get here and not Cuba, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela, China .., and whatever shithole you come from?  In fact, why are all you foreign losers here to begin with? To harangue your superiors? Why dont you go post nonsense on Russian websites?  Dont answer, we already know why. America, the only indispensable country. Fuck off, losers.

Justin Case's picture

Blow back from destroying their country they look for a lesser shit hole. That's why mericans are moving to Canada.

30-Year Muslim Plan to Control America has Six Years to Go

Twenty-five years ago, Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradwai traveled to America and unpacked his plan for a Muslim takeover that would begin one year later and take 30 years to complete. It included a key component and tactic known as Muruna. Like the Ebola virus, it is extremely effective at carrying out its deadly mission.

If I had a known yoar mother's health plan didn't cover abortion, I could have crowd funded it and the world would have been a better place.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

In some ways I hope Trump does the same.


Justin Case's picture

Sorta like the increasing number of U.S. citizens renouncing their American citizenship spiked to 3,000 last year, up from about 500 in earlier years. Traitors!!

johngaltfla's picture

Yeah Putin showed his old KGB flair with that stupidity. It's a shame that there are so many willing to defend a tyrant like Castro yet attack anyone supporting capitalism.

Justin Case's picture

Monied interests alone are served - ordinary people increasingly ignored. The political system is too corrupted to fix. Voters have no say whatever. Democracy is pure illusion.

Anyone believing they can change things electorally is living in a fantasy world. America’s one-party state with two wings affords voters no choice at all - no matter what candidates represent them at all levels of government.