Stack: Castro’s death signals time to ‘demand real change and freedom’ for Cuba

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Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack (D-33) says now is the time to “demand real change and freedom for the people of Cuba” in light of controversial leader Fidel Castro’s death. Brian Stack

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Commissioners and I stand united with the Cuban people who yearn, dream, and hope for a completely free Cuba. As Cuban’s all over the world celebrate the death of this infamous dictator, we pray that today’s news is a beginning to real change in the captive Island, because the people of Cuba are still not free,” Stack said in a statement.

“A great many people have suffered and died in the hands of this brutal dictator and his cohorts. As a City and as a Nation, we must join our fellow Cuban-American friends and demand real change and freedom for the people of Cuba.”

Stack added that he and the Union City Board of Commissioners hope the death of Castro marks the end of the “oppressive communist regime and the birth of a democratic and free Cuba,” noting that it would be premature to celebrate now.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a former Union City mayor, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque expressed similar sentiments during a press conference at the Association for Cuban Political Prisoners in Union City yesterday.