Immigrants in Hazleton React to Death of Fidel Castro

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HAZLETON -- Fidel Castro's death is having a big impact on Cuban Americans across the country.

People who left Cuba and even their kids who were born in the United States are wondering what the news will mean for the future.

Hazleton has a lot of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, including some from Cuba. People we met are not yet sure what Castro's death will mean for Cuban Americans here or their families who live on the island.

Waving flags and beating drums, Cuban Americans in Florida rejoiced after learning Castro had died.

In Hazleton where some Cuban families have settled, the reaction was a bit quieter.

Princess Martinez of Hazleton explained her father moved here from Cuba and never returned.

"Whoever moves over here from his country are not allowed to go back," she said.

She wonders if Castro's death will mean she can finally embrace the relatives who stayed behind in Cuba.

"I don't think I have ever met them before. I only know the ones who live over here," said Martinez.

Elsewhere in the city, immigrants from other islands reacted to the news.

"He was the devil," said Milta Gonzalez of Hazleton.

Gonzalez said her sympathy is not for Castro but the people he hurt during his decades as a dictator.

"It's good. He already left with the black angel. That is the devil. That is good," Gonzalez added.

In the past decade since Fidel Castro stepped down, restrictions have been relaxed to allow people to visit their families in Cuba, but some people did not feel comfortable returning while Castro was alive.


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