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Juanita Castro, exiled opposition chief and sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul, dies at 90


Juanita Castro fled Cuba in 1964 after relations irrevocably broke down together with her brothers Fidel and Raul as a result of 1959 revolution.

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Juanita Castro, the youthful sister of Fidel and Raul Castro, died on Monday, December 4, in Miami the place she spent a long time in exile preventing for the downfall of her brothers, a journalist near the household stated.

“At this time Juanita Castro, an distinctive girl (and) tireless fighter for the reason for the Cuba she beloved a lot, handed away,” Maria Antonieta Collins, coauthor of Castro’s autobiography, posted on Instagram.

Juanita Castro, who was 90 at her demise, fled Cuba in 1964 after breaking together with her brothers Fidel and Raul over the course of the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

She took up exile in Miami, the place she repeatedly flayed her brothers and even collaborated with the CIA, utilizing the codename Donna, in its efforts to topple the Castro authorities, she stated publicly. The fourth baby amongst seven siblings, Castro opened a drugstore in south Florida the place she labored for many years.

‘The Secret Historical past’

She discovered it difficult to steadiness her twin roles as each sister of the Castros – reviled in south Florida – and member of the exile group, as she recounted in her memoir, My Brothers Fidel and Raul, the Secret Historical past.

“Undoubtedly, I’ve suffered greater than the remainder of the exiles as a result of nowhere alongside the Straits of Florida do they offer me respite and few are those that perceive the paradox of my life,” she wrote. “For these in Cuba, I’m a deserter as a result of I left and denounced the regime in place. For a lot of in Miami, I’m ‘persona non grata’ as a result of I’m the sister of Fidel and Raul.”

In accordance with Univision, Juanita Castro died of pure causes in a Miami hospital. Her older brother Fidel died in 2016 in Havana, whereas Raul Castro, who’s now 92, stepped down as head of the communist social gathering on the island in 2021. “In accordance with her needs, her funeral might be personal,” Collins wrote in her Instagram publish.

Le Monde with AFP

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