UNION CITY, N.J. — Cuban-Americans in New Jersey are cheering the announcement of Fidel Castro's death.
A pharmacy in Union City had raised a large Cuban flag on Saturday along with a sign stating "the liberty bells are ringing. Long live Cuba libre." A clock also had a sign reading "Fidel, your time has come," and a man walking said "one less to worry about."
The news of Castro's death was long anticipated by the exiles who left after he took power.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Albio Sires was 11 when his family fled Cuba. He said Saturday that Castro "defiled democracy, oppressed innocent people, and imprisoned a nation with his totalitarian tactics."
Another Cuban-American lawmaker, Sen. Bob Menendez, said Castro's death offered an opportunity to bring democracy to the communist-controlled island.