Gainesville, Florida (AP) --
Fidel Castro's daughter says she's
surrounded by people who hate her father and were "really damaged
Alina Fernandez spoke to University of Florida students in
Gainesville Wednesday, September 29 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. She said she foresees changes in Cuba when the younger generation living outside the country return to make it a democratic, independent Cuba.
Fernandez was 3 when Castro took power. As his illegitimate
daughter, she had sporadic contact with him until she left Cuba
disguised as a Spanish tourist in 1993. She has criticized her
father in a book and in media interviews and now lives in Miami
where she hosts a radio show.
She was paid $7,000 to speak at the event and was sponsored by a student-run speakers bureau.