Opinion: Guillen’s Praise of Fidel Castro Glosses Over a Murderous Regime
Miami, Florida – Why are Cuban exiles upset with Ozzie Guillen’s comments regarding Fidel Castro?
Because over the past 53 years thousands of Cubans have been extra-judicially executed and millions have been driven into exile, while millions more have had their human rights systematically violated.
The atrocities and systematic human rights violations have continued to the present.
Many in the Cuban community, as well as those of other nationalities who care about human rights, saw Guillen’s comments as a mind-boggling attempt to legitimize a brutal dictatorship that is still repressing and killing its people.
The penalty of a five-game suspension visited upon the Marlin’s manager by the organization is much lighter than the two seasons Marge Schott was suspended for praising Adolf Hitler in the mid 1990s.
Bill Maher lost his television program “Politically Incorrect” for saying that the 9/11 hijackers were not cowards. Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen went further in expressing effusively his admiration for a mass murdering dictator while ignoring his past and ongoing crimes.
Consider just some of the acts of repression and brutality that have occurred under the Castro regime in the last 15 or so years.
So far in 2012, the Castro regime has carried out 1,575 politically motivated arrests in Cuba.
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