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Cubans in Las Vegas community celebrate death of Fidel Castro

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Patrons celebrate at the Florida Cafe in Las Vegas on Nov. 26, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5) Patrons celebrate at the Florida Cafe in Las Vegas on Nov. 26, 2016. (Abby Theodros/FOX5)
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The death of Fidel Castro is causing an outpouring of emotions including in the Cuban community in Las Vegas.

The Florida Café in downtown Las Vegas was filled with those celebrating the death of the former leader.

“We’re celebrating the death of a beast,” said Aleyda Hernandez. “I know it’s not good to celebrate somebody’s death, but this is not just, it’s symbolic, from all the years we suffered and we’re still suffering.”

Castro spent nearly five decades ruling Cuba after launching a military takeover in 1959.

Most of the patrons at the restaurant told FOX5 they fled the former president’s regime or know someone who did.

“I left Cuba when I was one under political asylum with my mom and baby brother. My father was left behind. He was a political prisoner for 17 years,” said Maria Caminero, president of the Cuban Heritage Foundation Las Vegas.

Alex de Castroverde, of De Castroverde Law Group, told FOX5 his only regret was that his father could not live to see this day.

“He always used to say that he wishes Fidel Castro dies before he does. Unfortunately, my dad died two years ago, so unfortunately it was bittersweet because of that,” De Castroverde said.

De Castroverde’s said his dad was imprisoned for two years under Castro after fighting in the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

“When he got out, he still never lost hope of one day having a free Cuba,” De Castroverde said.

De Castroverde told FOX5 he hopes that Cuba can now move forward and live up to its potential.

“We’re one step closer to a free Cuba. Today, we’re one step closer to a liberated Cuba because Fidel Castro is gone,” De Castroverde said.

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