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Christian leaders in the United States have responded to the death of former Cuban president and authoritarian Marxist leader Fidel Castro, saying his “repressive regime” lives on while also expressing hope that it could be an “opportunity for freedom and democracy to emerge.”

“As Fidel Castro’s body is being prepared for cremation and a state funeral, thousands of Cuban people of faith and democracy activists are detained and arrested in record numbers by the Cuban secret police,” said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and who was assistant to U.S. Ambassador José Sorzano at the Cuban American National Foundation.

Castro, one of the world’s most divisive leaders who reportedly survived more than 600 assassination attempts, died on Friday night of natural causes. He had reportedly been suffering form an illness for several years.

“His death marks the end of an era but his repressive regime lives on,” added Arriaga, who was named by the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “It’s time for the world — and particularly the U.S. — to stand with the Cuban people and not, as it most recently done, with the Castro…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE:

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