Lawmakers React to Fidel Castro’s Death

Fidel CastroFidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978. (File photo)

Various lawmakers are reacting to Fidel Castro’s death. Cuba’s dictator died Friday at age 90.

“Fidel Castro may be gone, but the oppression and tyranny characterized by his iron-handed rule continue to grip the island and its people,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, (R-Miss), said in a statement. “I call on the regime to reject the methods of the past and deliver much needed political and human rights reforms to the Cuban people.”

At a news conference Saturday, Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart said Castro’s legacy is marked by “sadness, tragedy, death, terrorism and narco-trafficking.”  He added that families have been separated and hundreds of thousands of Cubans have been murdered under Castro’s dictatorship.  Representative Curbelo noted that Cuba’s form of government is reaching its end and doesn’t represent the future of the country.

Senator Ted Cruz says his father praised God when he heard the news that Castro’s was dead.  Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” the Texas Republican with Cuban heritage said the former Cuban leader had been responsible for imprisoning and torturing families.

Cruz said he hopes that Castro’s death over the weekend will set the stage for increased freedom for the Cuban people.

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