The Death of Fidel Castro

by David Escobar

 

Since 1959, when Castro’s communist revolution swept him into power, most Cuban’s lives have been deeply impacted by his every decision. On the 24th of November, the current Cuban president, Raul Castro, revealed that his brother, a figure of fear for some, a figure of hope for others, was dead. The official cause of Fidel Castro’s death has not been released, but his illness has been public knowledge since the time of his presidential resignation in 2008. The emotions of Cubans around the world are split between tears of joy and tears of mourning. His hometown of Biran has been shaken up over the loss; however, cities like Havana, the capital of Cuba, have spent the past few days celebrating his death. Many saw it as the death of a tyrant who held tight reigns over their lives and the lives of their families.

The country that Fidel Castro has left behind, hangs in the hands of its current administration. Little is known about the future of Cuba’s communist party besides the announcement of Raul Castro’s resignation which is planned to occur in 2018. The establishment of the current and first communist state in the Western Hemisphere is seen by many as a pivotal moment in the course of modern history; without Fidel Castro, the formation would have never come about. Some see it as an essential point in Cuba’s history, and others believe that it was harmful to the principles of freedom. One thing is certain, Cuba would not be what it is currently without his influence.