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Cuba begins nine days of mourning following the death of former President Fidel Castro on Friday
Havana-based journalist Luz Escobar says even though Mr Castro is dead nothing has changed for some citizens who live in fear.
Ms Escobar says most people have been visiting Revolution plaza in preparation for Mr Castro’s funeral.
Police, she adds, have been patrolling the streets over the weekend.
Cubans celebrated Mr Castro’s death in Florida, but Ms Escobar says such actions cannot happen in Cuba..
“No, no, no, people cannot celebrate people afraid, people have afraid you can feel that. People is quiet, people are in their houses,” says the Cuban journalist.
Cayman’s leaders have joined others around the world extending condolences.
Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin wrote in a statement, that “it is with sadness that we have heard of the passing of the former President of Cuba.”
“We will all remember Fidel Castro as the man who brought the Cold War to the western hemisphere in 1959 and irked many American presidents for many years,” says the Premier.
Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush tells Cayman 27 despite opposition, he formalised a gateway between Cayman and Cuba.
“It made complete sense for Cayman to have official friendly relations with such an important player in the regional tourism and general commerce industry,” he adds.
Fidel Castro was 90 years old.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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