Andy Garcia on Fidel Castro: 'He Claimed History Would Absolve Him, But It Can Also Condemn Him'

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Andy Garcia arrives at the 30th annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Ridley Scott at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Fidel Castro's death, which was confirmed on state television by brother and now Cuban president Raúl Castro Friday night (Nov. 25), brought on a variety of reactions from musicians and Hollywood, including Cuban-American actor and director Andy Garcia.

Garcia provided a statement to Billboard in which he reflected on Castro passing and what it means to Cubans.

“It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime," Garcia said. "The promises of his so-called revolution of pluralism and democracy were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights."

"The executions, persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents and the LGBT community, denial of free press, elections and religious freedoms continue to be his legacy. He claimed that history would absolve him, but it can also condemn him," he said.

"I stand as I always have with the Cuban people who love, cherish and celebrate liberty," Garcia continued. "Hard-working, helpful people who open their hearts and homes to all, whether in Cuba or in exile. I pray for what I have always prayed for: the restoration of our constitution and absolute freedom for the people of Cuba. That dream is very much alive, that fight is very much alive. Let the spirit of Jose Marti and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. show us the way."