Fidel Castro’s death on Friday, November 25 sent the Cuban communities to the streets in celebration.
Amid the parade attendees, many of the Women in White, an opposition movement in Cuba founded in 2003 by wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents, along with families and survivors of the Bay of Pigs, voiced their disgust of world leaders who praised the dictator.
On the Morning Joe show Monday, MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio reported, “Many Cuban-Americans here in the political epicenter of this community in Miami are telling me this morning they cannot believe some of the world reaction from figures like Justin Trudeau and Jill Stein about Fidel Castro. “One even used the word humiliated by President Obama’s statement regarding Fidel Castro.”
Rather than condemning the dictator for his abuse of power and human right atrocities, Obama stated, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of the singular figure on the people and world around him”.
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein praised Castro in a tweet saying, “Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!”.
Canada’s PM Trudeau praised the dictator saying he was “larger than life” and his “father was very proud to call him a friend”.
Cubans are applauding President Elect Trump’s reaction, first in a one line tweet the night of Castro’s death, “Fidel Castro is dead,” and then later when he released a statement calling the former leader “a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.” Trump blamed Castro for “firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty, and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
As reported by CNN, Cubans were about twice as likely as non-Cuban Latinos to vote for Donald Trump. More than half (54%) supported the Republican president-elect, compared with about a quarter (26%) of non-Cuban Latinos.
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