Millions cheered Fidel Castro on the day he entered Havana. Millions more fled the communist dictator’s repressive police state, leaving behind their possessions, their families, the island they loved and often their very lives. It’s part of the paradox of Castro that many people belonged to both groups.
Few national leaders have inspired such intense loyalty — or such a wrenching feeling of betrayal. Few fired the hearts of the world’s restless youth as Castro did when he was young, and few seemed so irrelevant as Castro when he was old — the last Communist, railing on the empty, decrepit street corner that Cuba became under his rule.Fidel Castro: Cuban leader condemned as 'dictator' who presided over executions and human rights abuses | The Independent:
When Castro handed the presidency to his brother Raul in 2008, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the “abusive legal and institutional mechanisms” set up during the communist revolution continued to deprive Cubans of their basic rights.Fidel Castro was a cruel dictator. Ignore the revisionists | Coffee House:
“Even if Castro no longer calls the shots, the repressive machinery he constructed over almost half a century remains fully intact,” said the group’s Americas director, José Miguel Vivanco. “Until that changes, it’s unlikely there will be any real progress on human rights in Cuba.”
HRW cited secret police, surveillance, short-term detentions, house arrests, travel restrictions, criminal prosecutions and politically motivated sackings as methods of “enforcing political conformity”, as well as restrictions embedded in legal and constitutional structures.
All media is heavily censored and the spreading of “unauthorised news” a criminal offence, with internet access heavily limited by cost and restrictions.
Why are left-wing dictators always treated with more reverential respect when they die than right-wing ones, even on the Right? The deaths of dictators like Franco, Pinochet, Somoza are rightly noted with their history of human rights abuses front and centre, but the same treatment is not meted out to left-wing dictators who were just as monstrously cruel to people who opposed their regimes.Pois é todas as passadas de pano prá Fidel também funcionam prá outros ditadores, genocidas: "Pinochet era um ditador, mas em compensação olha o que ele fez pela economia", ou "Franco era uma personalidade ambígua, nem boa nem má". Ou ainda, como resumiu o mestre Goiaba:
"Médici reprimiu e matou. É verdade. Mas teria feito tudo isso, não fosse a interminável ameaça comunista?" pic.twitter.com/rOwWvc25L1— Seu Peru Liberal (@mrguavaman) November 26, 2016