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Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959

Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old’s death was announced.

Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future.

Castro came to power in 1959 and ushered in a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

Supporters said he returned Cuba to the people. Critics called him a dictator.

His brother Raul, who succeeded him as president, announced his death on state television on Friday night.

Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, dies at 90

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Kevin Sullivan and J.Y. Smith write:

Fidel Castro, whose Cuban revolution turned his Caribbean island into a potent symbol of the world’s greatest ideological and economic divides of the 20th century, has died, Cuban state media announced late Friday. He was 90.

The death was announced on Cuban state TV by Castro’s younger brother, Raúl, who succeeded his sibling years ago as the country’s leader.

The son of a prosperous sugar planter, Mr. Castro took power in Cuba on New Year’s Day 1959 promising to share his nation’s wealth with its poorest citizens, who had suffered under the corrupt quarter-century dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Mr. Castro, a romantic figure in olive-drab fatigues and combat boots, chomping monstrous cigars through a bushy black beard, became a spiritual beacon for the world’s political far left.

Presidente turco asegura que Colón no fue quien descubrió América

Foto: Archivo El País

Foto: Archivo El País

El continente americano no fue descubierto por Cristóbal Colón en 1492 sino por “marineros musulmanes” tres siglos antes: así lo destacó en Estambul el presidente de Turquía Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Y más aún anunció la intención de su país de construir una mezquita en Cuba, siempre y cuando las autoridades de la isla se lo permitan.

“Marineros musulmanes llegaron a América en el 1178”, destacó Erdogan al intervenir en Estambul en la primera Cumbre de los líderes musulmanes de América Latina, discurso en el que afirmó que Colón llegó a ver a la lejanía desde sus carabelas una mezquita en la costa cubana.