Maricones imperialistas

From the beginning of the revolution, Fidel Castro had no tolerance for maricones, faggots, as he liked to refer to gay people. Homosexual behavior served imperialist purposes, and the Castro revolution had no room for maricones imperialistas. Recently the dictator attempted to backtrack on the atrocities committed against Cuba’s gay community over the past half-century, blaming the US for his persecution of gay Cubans, but the fact remains that the totalitarian regime does not tolerate its slaves engaging in any behavior it deems unacceptable.

Reason magazine has a good article on the past and recent persecution of the Cuban gay community by the brutal and tyrannical Castro regime.

Via Washington Examiner columnist Mark Hemingway comes news that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who once denounced homosexual Cubans as “faggots” (maricones) who served the interests of imperialism, has “taken blame” for his revolution’s “excesses” against gay Cubans, which once included sending sexual counterrevolutionaries to prison camps. After offering a string of lame excuses—he was too busy thwarting American plots to stop sending his citizens to prison for being gay—Castro stopped short of actually apologizing.

As Hemingway notes, Castro’s persecution of gays (and black Cubans) hardly stopped in the 1970s, as this Reuters story suggests, with gay bars routinely shut down by the state security service and organizers of a 2008 gay pride march thrown in jail. But for this non-apology, designed to burnish his foul legacy, Foreign Policy magazine says that while Castro is “a bit late,” he nevertheless “deserves plaudits.” No he doesn’t. Nor did Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet deserves plaudits for his 1999 letter “lamenting” (and not apologizing) those killed during his reign—which, incidentally, no one in the media was willing to grant. And rightly so.

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite), Néstor Almendro’s affecting film on the persecution of gays and anti-regime artists, is on Youtube in twelve parts.

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  1. In fact, it’s hard to think of many modern-era Latin-Americans who deserve MORE plaudits than Augusto Pinochet.

    “In the final analysis only armed conflict will decide who is the victor!”raved Allende gov. minister, Oscar Guillermo Garreton. “Without the complete destruction of the bourgeois character of the state we cannot march on the path of socialism! The class struggle always entails armed conflict. Understand me, the global strategy is always accomplished through arms!”

    Allende’s deputy economic minister, Sergio Ramos, didn’t mince words either: “It’s evident,” he proclaimed in mid-1973, “that the transition to socialism will first require a dictatorship of the proletariat!”

    “We have no choice,” declared Allende ally, Chilean Communist Volodia Teitelboim, “but to act with resolution and a civil war is not a careful affair. It draws targets on both the political and the apolitical”.

    “Fine,” said Pinochet. “Bring it on.”

    (Disclaimer: the above ravings SHOULD NOT reflect on Babalu Blog. Only on this one hopelessly reactionary poster.)

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