Cuban human rights activist speaks out on Canada’s cozy relationship with the Castro dictatorship

Despite the communist Castro dictatorship’s 6 decades of human rights abuses and corruption, Canada remains a staunch ally of the murderous regime.

Cuban human rights activist Michael Lima, who resides in Canada, explains in an interview at El American:

‘Dictatorships Only Respond to Pressure’: Interview with Cuban Activist Michael Lima

Canada never severed relations with the Cuban Marxist dictatorship and consistently has remained one of the Island’s most active trading partners

Democratic Spaces is a freedom-supporting grass roots project based in Canada and directed by Michael Lima. The idea surged in social media. Its focus is providing awareness to Canadians of the realities of captive nations, particularly Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. For the human rights activist, researcher, and director of the organization, who has lived exiled in Canada since the 1990’s, fighting the false perception of communist regimes among his adopted country’s citizens remains a challenge.

In this interview for El American, Lima emphasized the difficulties of challenging the false perceptions that many Canadians have of communist regimes, particularly, the case of Cuba. Canada never severed relations with the Cuban Marxist dictatorship and consistently has remained one of the Island’s most active trading partners among the Western democracies, as well as a key investment partner and source of tourist dollars for the regime. The current Canadian Prime Minister’s father, Pierre Trudeau, a former prime minister (1968-1979, 1980-1984) was a friend of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and an avowed admirer.  

When asked about the Canadian government’s approach to critiquing human rights violations in Cuba, Lima replies with disappointment that Canada has sought in the Cuban case, to exert pressure through “private channels.”

The worthlessness of these intimate exchanges between the Canadian authorities and the Cuban dictatorship is precisely what Democratic Spaces is trying to change. “Without pressure,” states Lima, “there can be no change.” This must be done in the public realm, the interviewee added.

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