Sure, there’s nearly 100% literacy on the island, as well as healthcare. There are also more than 17,000 dissidents jailed in inhumane prisons. Executions, human rights violations, no free press, and political prisoners are common, yet Bernie Sanders says “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” and in the 80s he even praised Castro’s reign.
Sure, ignore the deaths, the squalor, and the suffering, ignore the fact you couldn’t say ANYTHING was bad while in Cuba, for fear of retaliatory actions by the government.
This is how Socialism starts. Free stuff, common goals, yet little by little rights and freedoms are siphoned away until you have nothing but the State. It ends in death and revolt.
Obama praised Castro’s education system.
Upon Castro’s death on 25 November 2016 (aged 90), Orlando Gutiérrez, founder of the opposition Cuban Democratic Directorate in Miami, condemned Castro and took to the streets, celebrating.
I regret that this criminal never faced a tribunal for all the crimes he committed against his own people.
This is a man who leaves a legacy of intolerance, of setting up a family-run dictatorship, which had no tolerance for anyone who thought differently, who set up a vicious totalitarian regime where people were persecuted for the most slight deviation from official ideology.Gutiérrez to BBC
In the wake of his overthrow of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, supporters of the old government were sent before summary courts and at least 582 were shot by firing squads over two years.
Estimates of executions under Castro’s 50-year rule run into the thousands, with monitors warning of unfair trials, arbitrary imprisonment and extrajudicial executions.
Castro responded by insisting that “revolutionary justice is not based on legal precepts, but on moral conviction”.
As the one-party system came into force, independent newspapers were closed and homosexuals, priests and others viewed as a threat were herded into labour camps for “re-education”.
Censorship and repression spread, with fans of American rock ‘n’ roll among those targeted. Freedom of expression, religion, association, assembly, movement and the press were denied.
In 1964, Castro acknowledged holding 15,000 political prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled, including Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez Revuelta and his younger sister Juana. An unknown number of Cubans drowned attempting to reach Florida in flimsy boats.
HRW (Human Rights Watch) 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.
Media restrictions and censorship sounds rather familiar, as with the Left, it begins with controlling the narrative.
So sure, you can say Cuba did some good things. Educating the people and providing healthcare are both wonderful.
You could also say Hitler did some great things in terms of medical advancements….
But you’d still be wrong in so many ways. Nothing about either of these leaders or what they stand for is good.