Miami's Little Havana celebrates in the wake of Fidel Castro's death

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For many Cuban Americans, the announcement of Fidel Castro's death brings closure to a long and troubled history.

The revolutionary guerrilla died aged 90, as announced by his brother on state television late Friday.

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Shortly after the news, Miami's Little Havana neighborhood came alive.

Videos and pictures on social media showed people cheering, waving American and Cuban flags, honking car horns and banging pots and pans in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"Fidel! Tyrant! Take your brother with you!" some chanted, according to journalist Danny Rivero.

Under Castro's regime, thousands of exiles and refugees fled to the U.S. fearing persecution, and to escape a tightening economy under the revolution's new socialist order.

Many came to the U.S. through programs such as Operation Pedro Pan as minors, while other braved the seas in events such as the Mariel boat lift in 1980, when 125,000 refugees came to the U.S. after Castro declared "anyone who wants to leave Cuba can do so."

As these videos show, animosity towards Castro doesn't seem to have lessened in parts of Miami, even as relations between Cuba and the U.S. steadily improve.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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Pope Francis (L) and former Cuban President Fidel Castro hold hands in Havana, Cuba, September 20, 2015. Picture taken September 20. REUTERS/Alex Castro/AIN/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Former Cuban president Fidel Castro and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill meet in Havana February 13, 2016. REUTERS/JUVENTUD REBELDE/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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