Cuba’s loved, hated leader dies

Cubas loved, hated leader dies

Ruhee Marfathia, Viewpoints Editor

On November 25th, 2016, Cuba suffered a loss, the death of Fidel Castro, a Cuban politician and revolutionary. In his time as Prime Minister and President, he wasn’t society’s favorite, inside and outside of Cuba. 

-December 2th, 1956, Castro and 81 others arrived in Cuba on a yacht named “Granma.” The 12 survivors began preparing to launch the guerrilla war.

-February 13th, 1959, Castro became the prime minister, which he served as for 47 years.

-January 1961, the US broke all diplomatic ties with Havana due to Castro’s management of his government.

-In 1965, he founded the Communist Party of Cuba.

-In 1976, Castro became president.

-In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and plunged Cuba into an economic crisis.

-Between August and September of 1994, many Cuban citizens escaped from Cuba in rafts and boats to escape to the United States coast. Most of the escapees found their new home in Florida.

-In 1976, Castro became president of Cuba saying he would run a socialist government.

-In Mid-2006, 30 years later, Castro handed power over to his brother Raul Castro who became the 18th president of Cuba

-On July 20, 2015, Barack Obama and Fidel Castro met. It was the first time the presidents of both countries met in over 50 years, and the United States and Cuba reopened embassies in each other’s capitals.

Now, after his death, the Cuban government declared nine days of mourning. His reason of death is not yet announced, but the final resting place will be in Santiago de Cuba where Castro’s army first attacked Fulgencio Batista in 1953.