(Miami Herald) “I wish my dad was here to see this,” 27-year-old Abraham Quintero cried just before 2 a.m.
Wearing an “I love Hialeah” T-shirt, he stood on West 49th Street and Ludlam Road, where police quickly set up watch posts to make sure impromptu revelers stayed safe.
Passing cars honked incessantly. People waved huge Cuban flags. Iconic exile singer Willy Chirino blared from car radios. Parents carried their children and puppies. A few people appeared clad in pajamas, jolted out of bed — and out of their homes — by the late-night news.
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Some yelled profanities about Castro.
“Fidel, tirano, llévate a tu hermano,” they chanted outside Versailles Cuban Restaurant on Southwest Eighth Street. Fidel, tyrant, take your brother.