Posted on27 November, 2016 | 08:53

How the world reacted to Fidel Castro’s death

The death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro (pictured) prompted reaction across the spectrum Saturday with some world leaders describing him as a friend and ally, while rights groups recalled his repression of basic freedoms.

Here are some responses to the death of the 90-year-old Cold War icon, whose life was defined by his resistance to the capitalist United States

Paul Kagame

HE Paul Kagame of Republic of Rwanda took his Twitter account to show how much Rwandans are with People of Cuba.

On his Twitter Paul Kagame said "RIP Fidel Castro, tenacious fighter who lived a full liberation life & condolences to the resilient people of Cuba"

Yoweri Museveni

"Today, Uganda, Africa and the world have lost a very honourable, loyal and reliable friend and comrade in Fidel Castro," tweeted Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

"Fidel Castro redefined Africa’s path to self rule and eventual independence in the 1960s and 70s by supporting our liberation movements.

Fidel Castro was a friend, brother and leader. My sincere condolences to the people of the Republic of Cuba. May his soul rest in peace," Museveni said on Twitter.

Barack Obama

"History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him," said the US president, who made a landmark visit to Cuba in March after diplomatic ties between the two nations were restored

Donald Trump

The US president-elect called Castro a "brutal dictator", but made no overt mention of earlier threats to roll back a historic rapprochement.

"Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights," Trump said in a statement.

Vladimir Putin

"The name of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an era in modern world history," the Russian president said.

"Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia."

Xi Jinping

China’s president hailed Castro in a message read out on state television. "The Chinese people have lost a good and true comrade," he said.

"Comrade Castro will live forever. "

Nicolas Maduro

The Venezuelan president, Cuba’s main ally in the region, said on Twitter: "It is up to us to continue his legacy and carry his flag of independence."

Bashar al-Assad

"The great leader Fidel Castro led his people’s and his country’s struggle against imperialism and hegemony for decades," said the Syrian president, hailing Castro’s "legendary resistance" to the US embargo against Cuba.

Syria has faced a barrage of US and EU sanctions over its brutal civil war.

Pope Francis

The Catholic world leader sent a message saying he was "praying to the Lord that he may rest in peace".

Ban Ki-moon

"Under former president Castro, Cuba made progress in the areas of education, literacy and health," the UN secretary-general told journalists.

Mikhail Gorbachev

"Fidel stood up and strengthened his country during the harshest American blockade, when there was colossal pressure on him and he still took his country out of this blockade to a path of independent development," Interfax news agency quoted the former Soviet leader as saying.

Jacob Zuma

The South African president gave one of the warmest tributes, saying: "President Castro identified with our struggle against apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle.

"As a way of paying homage to the memory of President Castro, the strong bonds of solidarity, cooperation and friendship that exist between South Africa and Cuba must be maintained and nurtured."

Kim Jong-Un

Castro "made distinguished contributions to accomplishing the cause of independence against imperialism," North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said in a message posted by the country’s official news agency.

He "established the socialist system where the people became the genuine masters for the first time in the Western Hemisphere".

Francois Hollande

Castro embodied Cuba’s revolution in both its "hopes" and its later "disappointments", the French president said in a statement.

Narendra Modi

India’s prime minister sent his "deepest condolences" to Cuba.

"Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend," Modi tweeted.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Castro was "a unique figure who fought against colonialism and exploitation" and was "a model of the fight for independence by oppressed nations", said Iran’s foreign minister, the Fars news agency reported.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil’s once hugely popular leftist president Lula mourned Castro’s death as equivalent to losing a brother.

"His spirit of combativeness and solidarity nourished dreams of liberty, sovereignty and equality," he said.

Rodrigo Duterte

For the Philippines’ president, Castro distinguished himself by "standing up against the West and imperialism".

Communist Vietnam

Vietnam’s official Communist news agency hailed Castro as "a great leader" who was "the shining reflection of the independence and revolutionary movements of countries in Latin America and around the world"
Mahmud Abbas

"He was a fierce defender ... of justice in the world," said the Palestinian president.

Diego Maradona

The Argentine football legend lamented Castro’s death saying, "I’m terribly sad as he was like a second father."

Amnesty International

The London-based human rights organisation said the state of free expression in Cuba was Castro’s "darkest legacy".

"Castro’s achievements in improving access to public services for millions of Cubans were tempered by a systemic repression of basic freedoms," Amnesty said.
Jagmeet Singh Verified account ‏@theJagmeetSingh 10h10 hours ago

Jagmeet Singh

He saw a country wracked by poverty, illiteracy & disease. So he lead a revolution that uplifted the lives of millions. RIP #FidelCastro

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