Fidel Castro's Daughter Speaks to UF Students

By: AP
By: AP

Gainesville, Florida (AP) --

Fidel Castro's daughter says she's
surrounded by people who hate her father and were "really damaged
by him."

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.

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  • by ETurnage Location: Turnage on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    I would have sought what help I could from where I could if I had a super power intent on either economic strangulation or an outright military invasion of my country. Both of which were proposals under Ike and JFK's administrations. But there are those that still believe that the U.S. is snow white and innocent. I don't. I spent more than two decades in uniform serving as muscle for free enterprise and big business. No delusion of being a knight in shining armor here...
  • by Wally Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    Let us all not forget it was Castro that invited Russia to send ICBMs to cuba so he could destroy our country's way of life.The people in South Florida and the Keys lived in fear of invasions and destruction of their homes. If his daughter can free Cuba then let her go for it.She certainly will get more support from Americans than her father could ever dream of getting. Look at history very few dictatorships ever survive. His will end also.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    Let no one forget that we, the United States, made Castro a communist. Our unwavering support for Bautista and the complete control of Cuba's economy by the American owned sugar industry ( same guys that have destroyed the Everglades ) set the foundation. Organised crime interest and companies like Dole ensured that the majority of Cubans were living in squalor. As long as America backs regimes like Bautista, Marcos, Somoza, and Noriega we are going to pay a price.
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