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NAPLES (CBSMiami) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement following the death of former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro.

“I join Cuban-Americans and Floridians across the country who are incredibly hopeful for the future of Cuba. After decades of oppression, the Cuban people deserve freedom, peace and democracy.”

He went on, “I have met so many Cubans who have come to Florida to flee the tyranny, brutality, and communism of the Castro brothers’ oppressive regime and now is the time to look at policy changes that will demand democracy in Cuba.”

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Scott has staunchly opposed President Barack Obama’s deal to normalize relations with Cuba.

At the time of the U.S.-Cuba talks, Scott said “the Obama administration is basically rewarding the Castro brothers for not doing the right things. They don’t believe in democracy, they don’t believe in political freedom.”

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Scott said Castro’s death “should usher in an era of freedom, peace and human dignity for everyone in Cuba and the State of Florida stands ready to assist in that mission.”

The governor added he spoke with President-elect Donald Trump “to let him know that the State of Florida will help his administration in any way to support a pro-democracy movement in Cuba.”

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