From the moment Fidel Castro took power, proclaimed himself a Marxist, and declared himself dictator for life, the American left has worked overtime to provide him and his regime support. As Dr. Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat explains, leftist groups and the media in America provided crucial backing to the Castro regime as it executed tens of thousands of innocent Cubans and imprisoned hundreds of thousands more.
Cuba’s Communist Regime Emerged With Support of American Left: Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat
Cuba is a springboard to spread socialism to Latin America, U.S., says Cuba expert
The American Left contributed to the emergence of the communist regime in Cuba through planning, preparations, and media coverage to make Cuba the driving force for spreading socialism to the United States and Latin America, said Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, co-founder and spokesperson for the Cuban Democratic Directorate, a U.S.-based organization that supports human rights in Cuba.
Gutierrez-Boronat is also an award-winning author, invited lecturer at Georgetown University, and community leader. He holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of International Studies.
An institutional and political crisis in the 1950s in Cuba—when a military government took over the country—led to an insurrection, Gutierrez-Boronat told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program in an interview on Jan. 28.
“Then Castro and his acolytes took control of the country with great support from American liberals in every way you can imagine.”
In 1952, Fulgencio Batista, seeing that his chances to win the presidential election in Cuba were thinning after he trailed third in polls, staged a military coup, thus becoming Cuba’s dictator.
A year later, Fidel Castro, a lawyer leading a small group of revolutionaries, started a rebellion against Batista which culminated in the overthrow of the unpopular dictator in 1959. After seizing power, Castro imposed socialism on Cuba through a radical program of land reform and industrial nationalization.
A Springboard for Socialism
It is very clear in Che Guevara’s writings that the purpose of the Cuban revolution was to create a platform through which socialist revolution would spread to the United States and Latin America, Gutierrez-Boronat said.
Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary from Argentina who played a prominent role in the Castro-led revolution.
“Castro was surrounded by international advisors” who helped him design a totalitarian state in Cuba, the activist said.
“Through a combination of planning and preparation by the Cuban Communist Party, and the U.S. Communist Party, and other left-wing forces, an opportunity emerged, and Cuba became a force for socialism in Latin America.”
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