Anti-Fidel Castro 'party packs' are flying off the shelves at a store in Florida run by a Cuban exile. Yiming Woo reports.
A Cuban exile's store in Florida has a distinctive point of view on the late socialist leader Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 last week. Since then, Maria Vazquez says her 'party packs' have been flying off the shelves. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STORE OWNER MARIA VAZQUEZ SAYING: "It contains a t-shirt which is very funny, it says "Muerto el perro, se acabo la rabia," which means 'once the dog is dead, the rabies are gone.' A cider that says 'only open when Fidel dies.' And then we have the best selling product in the store for years -- which is Castro's toilet paper, with the face of Castro, to make your wish come true." She started stocking the toilet rolls 10 years ago when Raul Castro took over from his brother Fidel. Since then, she's sold over 40,000 of them. Many exiles saw Fidel Castro as a tyrant responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people, jailed opponents and ruined Cuba's economy with socialism. Maria Grillo says she will never forget what it was like under Castro's rule. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUBAN AMERICAN, BORN IN CUBA, MARIA GRILLO SAYING: "I went through that as a child, because I had an uncle that suffered 30-something years in jail, since late 1959. A political prisoner. And when my mother and I used to go see him in Havana, when we went in the morning they had just shot the people. And you could see the blood running down the stairs where we had to go up." For the tens of thousands in Santiago, Cuba paying a final tribute to Castro, they remember a man who built a Communist state and survived allegedly more than 600 assassination attempts by the United States.