‘Castro’s Communism turned Cuba into impoverished island prison’

November 27, 2016


NATIONAL FIGURE: Fidel Castro was prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and president from 1976 to 2006. Picture courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.


STRONG WORDS: Marco Rubio, the former Republican presidential candidate and first generation Cuban immigrants, claims Fidel Castro and his brother Raul turned Cuba into an impoverished island prison. Courtesy of the office of Marco Rubio.


PUBLIC SERVICE: Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Labour leader, claims that Fidel Castro was the architect of “world-class health and education systems”. Picture by Rwendland.


BRUTAL LEGACY: President-elect Donald Trump says Fidel Castro’s six decade rule left a legacy of oppression and brutality on the people of Cuba.




A FORMER presidential US candidate whose family emigrated from Cuba has given an alternative view on the death of their iconic president.

A war of words has broken out between emigrants who escaped the regime of Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, the current president, and his supporters who have described him as a “revolutionary”.

Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 after battling illness for a several years. He, along with his brother Raul and Che Guevara combined to overthrow the Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this year, was born in Miami in 1971 after his parents emigrated there in 1956. Opponents of the regime have been celebrating his death in  Miami and other parts of Florida.

His father Mario spent much of his life working in the hotel industry and running his own stores and his mother Oriales worked as a maid. The family spent most of their lives working and living in Florida although they briefly spent time in the 1960s in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led the political tributes on this side of the pond for Fidel Castro, telling Britain’s publicly-funded news service, the BBC: “From funding a world-class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.

“He will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice. For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa

In a statement released after his death Rubio, said: “Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison.

“Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.”

“Sadly Fidel Castro’s death does not mean the freedom for Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders and political opponents he and his brother (Raul) have jailed and persecuted.

“The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro. It will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.”

Rubio also cautioned the US administration in sending an official to Castro’s funeral as it would be viewed as an insult to the country’s American citizens who were sent to their deaths by the regime.

He added: “If you send a representative of the Obama administration and the US government to that funeral, you are sending someone to the funeral of a man who executed Americans.”

President elect Donald Trump made a devastating analysis of Castro, that brought sturdy criticism on Twitter.

He said: “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, imaginable suffering, poverty, and the denial of fundamental human rights.”

UK Independence leader Nigel Farage also put the boot in on the Cuban dictator. “Castro was proof, wasn’t he that State Socialism makes people poorer and makes the world a more dangerous place.”

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