Transcript for Cubans in Miami Celebrate Castro's Passing With the Hope of a Free Cuba
Meantime, in south Florida, jubilation. Thousands of Cuban Americans taking to the streets after the passing of the dictator. Who sent more than a million of his people into exile. Separating families and denied them the right to return. Tonight, it's giving many of them hope that change will come. I was in Miami last night. One woman telling me her grandmother was celebrating, hoping to be able to visit loved ones still in Cuba. Gio Benitez with many of those families in Miami tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the sounds of celebration in little Havana. Shouts of freedom from Cuban exiles and their descendants. A three-day party. Young and old, banging pots, pans. Celebratory cigars and champagne uncorked in the hope of a free Cuba. I'm not happy because somebody died. Death, it is not about that, it is about that we see the future changing. Reporter: Cubans in Miami consider the Castro family a reign of terror. One still in power. Raul Castro has things in place, the repression continues, the lack of freedom continues. And so, no, it won't be an overnight thing at all. Reporter: Castro's death has exiles reflecting. Miami-dade commissioner Rebeca Sosa was just 8 years old when she fled Cuba. Her mother and father, political prisoners. She remembers waving good-bye to her dad. What was going through your mind during that moment? I mean, you were so young. That is what hurt so much. When I felt that I was not going to see him anymore. That was very hard, and I was very small. Reporter: Her father got out of the Cuban prison, and got her this champagne bottle, with a clear message. "Open only when Fidel dies." And gio Benitez with with us live in Florida. You have heard from families, witnessed the jubilation. But what is the main hope moving forward? Reporter: They want to see a free Cuba. They don't want to move back to the island. America is home. David? Gio Benitez, thank you. Fidel Castro sparking heated controversy, about the
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