Fidel Castro oppressed LGBT people, killed and imprisoned political opponents, and treated racial minorities horribly. He should be condemned, not praised by a hypocrite politician.
Jagmeet Singh is facing growing criticism for a tweet in support of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Singh made the tweet not long after Castro died.
The tweet can be viewed below:
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) November 27, 2016
Photo of the tweet:
Total ignorance and hypocrisy by Singh.
Fidel Castro’s horrific record:
Here’s a rundown of some of Fidel Castro’s horrific actions against LGBT people in Cuba as noted by National Review:
“Many (gay cubans) received false telegrams telling them they had been called for military service and should appear at a chosen location — where they would then be rounded into trains, trucks, and buses and sent to the camps with little food or water.”
“These Military Units to Aid Production or UMAPs, by their Spanish acronym, used forced labor to re-educate gays, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others deemed deficient in socialist fervor.”
As James Kirchick wrote for the Daily Beast, “Fidel Castro was many things: a revolutionary, a communist, a garrulous orator. Amid the fawning encomia released upon his long-overdue death at the age of 90, it should never be forgotten that he was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people.”
Adds Kirchick, “Putting gays into concentration camps is not the only practice Castro borrowed from the Nazis. During the Cuban missile crisis, according to recently released German intelligence files, this so-called anti-fascist attempted to hire former SS officers to instruct his army.”
Also, “Openly homosexual people were prevented from joining the Communist Party and fired from their jobs.”
Finally, one of Cuba’s most renowned writers – Reinaldo Arenas – discussed his experience in a Cuban prison:
“It was a sweltering place without a bathroom. Gays were not treated like human beings, they were treated like beasts. They were the last ones to come out for meals, so we saw them walk by, and the most insignificant incident was an excuse to beat them mercilessly.”
That’s the man Singh praised.
But that’s not all…
Castro often killed or jailed those who disagreed with him
As noted by Human Rights Watch, “During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms.
Amnesty International said, “Over more than five decades documenting the state of human rights in Cuba, Amnesty has recorded a relentless campaign against those who dare to speak out against the Cuban government’s policies and practices.”
Additionally, “Authorities jailed hundreds of prisoners of conscience solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly in a campaign of “ruthless suppression”. The state of freedom of expression in Cuba, where activists continue to face arrest and harassment for speaking out against the government, is Fidel Castro’s darkest legacy.”
One Columbia University Cuba analyst said, “Unfortunately, his human rights record will not get the weight it deserves. You see that in many of the declarations of presidents calling him a revolutionary icon. Let’s be honest: this was a regime which when it came to power lined up its opponents and shot them.”
Castro’s racist legacy
While Jagmeet Singh tries to present himself as a fighter against racism, and tries to criticize Canadian police officers, his tweet in support of Castro ignores the racism of that brutal dictator. Here are a few examples courtesy of the Washington Post:
“In Cuba, 62 percent of the population is black, but 71 percent of its public leadership is white, according to a 2009 study. What’s even more disturbing: In 2009, 70 percent of black Cubans were unemployed; 60 percent of black Cubans cited racial discrimination as the cause.”
“Do we care that black Cubans still can’t enter many hotels or restaurants? Does it matter to us that Castro could not liberate black people in his own country? This, too, is Castro’s legacy.”
The Washington Times notes that of all those caught trying to flee Cuba, the only people ever executed for that “crime” were three black Cubans. It happened in 2003. They were executed by a firing squad.
As the Director of Cuban Studies at the University of Miami Jaime Suchlicki said at the time, “By executing [three young blacks], Castro was sending a clear message to the Afro-Cuban population” that dissent will not be tolerated.”
Fidel Castro’s record is horrible. The idea that any politician in Canada would see Fidel as worthy of praise is deeply disturbing. Jagmeet Singh is either unaware of Fidel Castro’s oppression of LGBT people, killing and imprisoning of dissidents, and racism, or he is overlooking it because Castro was a fellow far-leftist. Both possibilities are incredibly disturbing, and Canadians should be massively concerned by such a serious lack of judgement.
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