As Cuba's capital city Havana goes quiet after the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, hundreds in Cuba's exile community gather together in the U.S. to rejoice. Natasha Howitt reports.
Giant rallies in honour of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro will soon be held here, in Havana's Revolution Square. The city is currently in mourning, and the streets have been quiet since Castro's death on Friday. But in the United States amongst the Cuban-exile community, news of his death has brought hundreds together. For many here, at this Miami shrine much loved by Cuban Americans, Castro's death is a blessing. They want Cuba to be a "free country", as this church-goer says. They want democracy, rule of law, and reconciliation. The rector of the shrine said those who had attended Mass were "rejoicing because of the end of darkness." Critics of Castro condemn the lack of political freedoms in the country while he was at the helm. But his death has left many grieving. Admirers point to his social achievements, such as free healthcare and education. The Cuban singer who serenaded Castro at his 90th birthday earlier this year, Omara Portuondo, says losing him has been tough. She called on Cubans to remember the values he represented. Castro was an icon of the Cold War, who built a communist state on the doorstep of the U.S. He was cremated on Saturday, and his ashes will be carried next week to the city where he first launched his revolution.