By Eliott Rodriguez


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HAVANA (CBSMiami) – There are thousands and thousands of people at the Plaza of the Revolution paying homage to Fidel Castro.

But not everyone is mourning the former Cuban leader’s death.

CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez met Berta Soler in her home, where the Ladies in White leader is keeping a low profile.

“We are not interested and not worried about whether or not Fidel Castro died, because for the Cuban people he’s been dead for a long time. He hasn’t run this country in 10 years,” she said.

Soler and other women founded the group in 2003 after dozens of government opponents were rounded up and taken to jail.

Her home has photos of her with world leaders and human rights activists in Cuba as well as the four Brothers to the Rescue members killed in the 1996 shoot down.

And staring at her home is another photo she is not fond of.

The image of Castro was put there six months ago by neighbors who support the Castro regime and are mourning the death of the former Cuban leader.

“I was happy to hear that Fidel Castro died,” she said. “I do not rejoice in the death of a fellow human being, but I do rejoice in the death of a dictator.”

But across Havana there is deep sorrow.

Luis Muniz set up a small memorial outside of his home a block from the U. S. Embassy.

“He was our leader, a leader respected around the world. We have lost him physically, but his ideas will continue to live on in Cuba,” he said.

Rodriguez asked him about the celebrations that are going on in Miami, explaining it’s not about the death of Castro but about a feeling in South Florida that there will be change.

He said he’s still is not comfortable with that.

He also knows about the Ladies in White and said he considers them mercenaries.

Eliott Rodriguez

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