A vigil in Washington D.C. to honor the victims of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro

As the funeral of Cuba’s brutal and vicious dictator was taking place and his sycophants on the island and throughout the world shed both real and fake tears, a vigil was held in Washington D.C. to honor the victims of the evil mass murderer, Fidel Castro.

Alice Lloyd in The Weekly Standard:

Light in the Shadow of Castro’s Funeral, A Vigil to Honor His Victims

voc-cuba-vigil-weeklystandardHours after Fidel Castro’s state funeral ended a national mourning in Cuba, a small but intent crowd gathered at the Victims of Communism Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. Dissidents like Sirley Ávila León and advocates from Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation led mourners on a Sunday evening in remembering the Cuban dictator’s actual legacy—when it seemed few others would.

Hours after Fidel Castro’s state funeral ended a national mourning in Cuba, a small but intent crowd gathered at the Victims of Communism Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. Dissidents like Sirley Ávila León and advocates from Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation led mourners on a Sunday evening in remembering the Cuban dictator’s actual legacy—when it seemed few others would.

The spirit of the vigil offset a dominant narrative, found in fawning eulogies from heads of state, that the murderous commandant was also a hero. Romantic tributes, in honoring Fidel Castro, dishonored his many victims.

Dr. Lee Edwards, who is also chairman of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, remembered by name Cuban martyrs to democracy, sacrifices obscured from their countrymen. “We’re here to remember Oswaldo Paya, and others like him, who suffered and died at the hands of communism,” Edwards said, lest we forget late activist who strove, unto his death, to defend his country against one-party rule.

“We’re also here to tell Raúl Castro and his police and his spies and his corrupt party that the day is coming when there will be a free Cuba—and that day will come sooner than they realize.” Dr. Edwards led us in a chant: Viva Cuba Libre!

But what will it take to free Cuba when the reality of her bondage is too often forgotten and ignored?

“A failure to learn from history,” said Marion Smith, Victims of Communism executive director, is what we face when a dead dictator comes to look like a martyr. “It’s perhaps never been more difficult to speak truth about what is happening in Cuba,” Smith said.

“And without that clear understanding, there can be no hope for a brighter and more just future for the people of Cuba.” In service to a fading hope for Cuba’s democratic future—renewed by Fidel Castro’s death but dampened by a global ruling class that lionized him—we remember those who continue to risk their lives for the island’s freedom.

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Photos from the vigil can be seen HERE.