World leaders paid tribute to Fidel Castro


World leaders paid tribute on Saturday to Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who constructed a socialist state on the doorstep of the United States, but in death just as in life he divided opinion, and critics labelled him a "tyrant".

Castro died on Friday aged 90, his younger sibling and successor Raul Castro declared on state TV.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union which had since quite a while ago went about as a financial and political prop for Cuba, said Castro left an enduring imprint on his nation and on world history.

"Fidel held his ground and reinforced his nation at the season of the harshest American barricade, at the season of monstrous weight on him," Gorbachev was cited by Interfax news office as saying.

"All things considered he drove out his nation from the barricade to the way of self-supported and autonomous improvement."

In a wire of sympathy to Raul Castro, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the late pioneer a "rousing case for some nations".

"Fidel Castro was a plain and reliable companion of Russia," the Kremlin cited the message as saying.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an announcement that: "the Chinese individuals have lost a nearby confidant and a genuine companion".

Xi hailed Castro for his commitment to the improvement of socialism both in Cuba and around the globe.

In Venezuela, a long-lasting partner of Cuba and staunch rival of the political position of the United States, President Nicolas Maduro said Castro had motivated and would keep on inspiring his nation.

"We will continue winning and continue battling. Fidel Castro is a case of the battle for every one of the general population of the world. We will go ahead with his legacy," Maduro told TV channel Telesur by phone.

In Bolivia, where Ernesto "Che" Guevara kicked the bucket in 1967 in a fizzled offer to fare Cuba's insurgency, President Evo Morales said in an announcement: "Fidel Castro left us a legacy of having battled for the coordination of the world's people groups … The takeoff of Comandante Fidel Castro truly stings."

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said: "An awesome has abandoned us. Fidel has kicked the bucket. Long live Cuba! Long live Latin America!"

Part in Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma had warm words, expressing gratitude toward the Cuban pioneer for his help and support in the battle to topple politically-sanctioned racial segregation.

"President Castro related to our battle against politically-sanctioned racial segregation. He motivated the Cuban individuals to go along with us in our own particular battle against politically-sanctioned racial segregation," Zuma said in an announcement.

French President Francois Hollande grieved the departure of a noteworthy figure on the world stage and respected the rapprochement amongst Havana and Washington, while noticing worries over human rights under the Castro administration.

"Fidel Castro was a towering figure of the twentieth century. He incarnated the Cuban insurgency, in both its trusts and ensuing frustrations," Hollande said in an announcement.

"France, which censured human rights mishandle in Cuba, had similarly tested the U.S. ban on Cuba, and France was happy to see the two nations re-set up discourse and open ties between themselves," included the Socialist party pioneer.

Hollande met Fidel Castro in May, 2015 amid the primary ever visit by a French head of state to Cuba since the Cuban unrest.

"Despot" Is Gone

Conversely, the response from a few Cubans living in the United States was scorching and celebratory.

U.S. Congress agent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American Republican from Miami, said in an announcement: "A despot is dead and a fresh start can day break on the final socialist bastion of the Western Hemisphere."

In Miami, in the zone encompassing the Versailles Restaurant where many outcasts who fled the Cuban unrest live, individuals rampaged in their autos in the early hours of Saturday morning to observe Castro's demise.

Many individuals accumulated waving banners, slamming pots and skillet and conveying umbrellas to shield them from consistent precipitation.

"This is the most joyful day of my life, Cubans are at long last free," said Orlidia Montells, a 84-year-old lady.