Published: Sep 30, 2010 3:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 12:08 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Fidel Castro's daughter says she's surrounded by people who hate her father and were "really damaged by him."

Alina Fernandez spoke to University of Florida students in Gainesville Wednesday as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. She said she foresees changes in Cuba when the younger generation living outside the country return to make it a democratic, independent Cuba.

Fernandez was 3 when Castro took power. As his illegitimate daughter, she had sporadic contact with him until she left Cuba disguised as a Spanish tourist in 1993. She has criticized her father in a book and in media interviews and now lives in Miami where she hosts a radio show.

The Gainesville Sun reports she was paid $7,000 to speak at the event and was sponsored by a student-run speakers bureau.