Fidel Castro is dead.
On Saturday, November 26, Cuba began a national nine days of mourning — and many native Cubans are expressing profound sadness about his death.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau received major backlash for calling Castro "remarkable" and a "larger than life leader who served his people" in a statement about his death.
People on social media came down hard on Trudeau.
"No @JustinTrudeau, Castro was not a 'remarkable leader,' he murdered and imprisoned thousands of men, women and children," Canadian citizen Lisa Raitt tweeted.
"He certainly was a polarizing figure, and he was certainly significant concerns over human rights," Trudeau said. "But on the passing of his death, I expressed a statement that highlighted the deep connection between the people of Canada and the people of Cuba."
Many Cubans agree.
Elián González's mother drowned while attempting to flee Cuba with him in 1999. However, he told a Cuba news station that he's mourning Castro's passing.
González, 22, who returned to Cuba in 2000, called Castro a father figure.
"He is a father to me and, like my father, I wanted to show him everything I achieved," González told a Cuban news station.
He said he last spoke to Castro after he finished high school a few years ago.
"There are still things I wanted to show him, to make him feel proud," he said.
González added that Castro positively impacted Cuba.
"Fidel’s legacy is each Cuban and person in the world who has been touched by the revolution," he said. "Fidel’s legacy is in each person affected by our programs, in every life saved from Ebola, in every Haitian saved with our missions, in every Latin American who has had eye surgery."