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Fidel Castro

Local reaction in Williamsburg to Cuba announcement

Local reaction in Williamsburg to Cuba announcement

Fernando Groene was 5 years old when his family fled Cuba in early 1962. Fidel Castro’s communist regime had been in power for a little more than three years.

 “My sister was almost two,” said Groene, now 57 and an attorney in Williamsburg. “Because she was small my parents could pack more clothes and belongings for her. I left with one suitcase and one toy. My parents shared a suitcase.”

 He views with skepticism Wednesday’s announcement that the United States would seek to normalize relations with Cuba.

 “Is it good or bad?” Groene asked rhetorically. “If it leads to free elections, free speech, freedom of the press and restoration of Cuba’s Bill of...