Warner Robins Cuban restaurant employee reaction: Fidel Castro’s death

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “The Cuban food is absolutely–so much flavorful,” said The Cuban Stop employee Emilio Fernandez.

If you want to experience Cuban culture, the food is a good place to start.

“It’s so full of interesting sensations,” said Fernandez. “You definitely have to come over and try it.”

You’ll find both at The Cuban Stop on Watson Boulevard.

“It’s a very homestyle food,” said Fernandez. “The best ingredients they can find.”

Fernandez is proud of his homestyle food and roots.

So when he heard of longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s death, it hit him hard.

“We understood pretty well what communism was,” said Fernandez.

Castro died Friday at the age of 90.

“I don’t think dictators are a way for a country to be run,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez’s family moved from Cuba to the Dominican Republic in 1960–almost as soon as Castro took over.

“My family had to move. They could not be there and submit to that kind of situation,” said Fernandez.

That situation was a tough one.

“My family used to own sugar mills, cattle, they used to have a lot of land,” said Fernandez. “And all of the sudden the government said nobody owns anything.”

His family made it out, but for Cubans now, Fernandez says it’s hard.

“The people in Cuba are celebrating in their hearts–most of them–because of Castro’s death,” said Fernandez. “But they cannot show their emotions over there. Cuba is still under a lot of stress.”

Much like the stress citizens faced nearly 60 years ago.

“Over there, there is strict monitoring on the people and what the people do,” said Fernandez. “So if people celebrate over there, they are either incarcerated or killed.”

It’s a product of the current situation in Cuba.

“I know that there’s a lot things people have been saying about the progress under the Castro regime, but at what cost?” said Fernandez. “How many people are dead? How many people are incarcerated, how many people have been left away from their families?

Fernandez won’t celebrate Castro’s death because of his religion, but he will celebrate his food and hopefully one day, freedom for his family.

“I just want to see my brothers, my Cuban brothers my Cuban family flourish again from this situation,” said Fernandez.

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