Cuban American heavy metal musician Rudy Sarzo on escaping communism and Cuba today

Before Rudy Sarzo was laying down bass riffs with bands such as Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, and White Snake, he was a kid born in Havana who escaped communism with his family when he was just 11.

Via the Post Millennial:

Cuban musician Rudy Sarzo on why he thinks Cubans have a real shot at freedom

Cuban musician Rudy Sarzo recounts life in Cuba during the “revolution,” and why he thinks Cubans have a real chance to gain their freedom.

Cuban musician Rudy Sarzo spoke to The Post Millennial about the recent protests in Cuba, where citizens are taking to the streets to state their opposition to the communist government.

Sarzo was born in 1950 in Havana, and has been in the United States since 1961, when he was 11-years-old. He said he was part of the “initial refugee movement.”

“You know, we started leaving basically right after Fidel declared himself Marxist-Leninist,” he said. “That was the declaration that Cuba was going to be, what’s going to take a communist path. Communism was going to be the nation’s path.”

“A lot of people had no idea what that meant,” Sarzo said, “including my family, except that my neighbors were Chinese who had less China because of Mao Zedong. You know, turning it into communism. So, now they’re in Cuba and they’re leaving again because of communism and they headed towards San Francisco, which is where their family was.”

Pulling together all the necessary paperwork, tickets, passports, and visas took the Sarzo family more than a year and a half. Sarzo said the only way to come to the United States was through legal means.

Despite leaving at such a young age, Sarzo remembers Fidel Castro and the effect his rhetoric had on the nation. “It was called the revolution, right? That was it,” Sarzo said. “It was all about the revolution.”

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