As we all know Jeremy Corbyn has triggered a controversy over his comments on the death of Fidel Castro. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry found it necessary to defend him.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has said it is “quite difficult” to get past allegations of brutality made against Fidel Castro after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the revolutionary leader for his “heroism”.
Nine days of national mourning have been declared in Cuba after Castro’s death at the age of 90.
Mr Corbyn said that “for all his flaws” Castro would be remembered as a “champion of social justice”.
Human Rights Watch gives us an outline summary of Castro’s “flaws”. We are spared the details.
During his nearly five decades of rule in Cuba, Fidel Castro built a repressive system that punished virtually all forms of dissent, a dark legacy that lives on even after his death.
During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms. Cuba made improvements in health and education, though many of these gains were undermined by extended periods of economic hardship and by repressive policies.