Gloria Estefan: ‘Fidel Castro’s Death Gives Cubans Hope’

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Gloria Estefan is hopeful the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro will spark a period of change in the Communist nation.

The death of one of the world’s longest-serving leaders was announced by his younger brother, President Raul Castro, on state television on Friday.

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Estefan posted a message in English and Spanish on Instagram on Saturday after she heard the news the 90-year-old former Cuban president had died.

Penning a powerful message alongside a photo of a family of Cuban refugees on a life raft, the singer said Castro’s death gives the Cuban people a renewed sense of hope.

“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming,” she wrote.

Born Gloria Fajardo in Havana, Cuba, the 59-year-old fled her homeland to Miami, Florida when Castro rose to power.

Her father, Jose Manuel Fajardo, had been a Cuban soldier and bodyguard of the wife of President Fulgencio Batista, who Castro helped overthrow in the Communist revolution of 1959.

“And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world,” added Estefan.

Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world. 🇨🇺🇺🇸 Aunque la muerte de un ser humano es raramente causa para celebrar, es la muerte simbólica de las ideologías destructivas que el patrocinó que, en mi opinión, están llenando al exilio Cubano de esperanza renovada y un alivio que ha tardado mucho en llegar. Y aunque el agarre del régimen Castrista no se aflojara de un día para otro, el deceso de un líder que supervisó el aniquilamiento de aquellos con puntos de vistas opuestos al suyo, el encarcelamiento de inocentes, la separación de familias, la censura de la libertad de expresión, el esparcimiento de terrorismo sancionado por su gobierno y la destrucción económica de un país exitoso que prosperaba, solo puede llevar a cambios positivos para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo. Que la libertad siga viva en los Estados Unidos, mi bello país adoptivo, y que la esperanza para la libertad crezca y se renueve en los corazones de cada Cubano en mi tierra natal y a través del mundo.🇨🇺🇺🇸

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Concluding her emotional post with emojis of the American and Cuban flags, the “Don’t Wanna Lose You” hitmaker added, “May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world.”

Castro’s funeral will take place on December 4 after nine days of national mourning in Cuba.

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