McDonnell U-Turns on Stand Against Cuban Human Rights Abuses

It looks like John McDonnell has backed down from a rare bout of sensible foreign policy opinion-having: having previously signed an EDM in support of Cuban human rights protests and the release of the country’s political prisoners, McDonnell has now withdrawn his support for the motion, without explanation. A real shame; it looked like McDonnell had finally come to his senses about the Cuban government’s mass violence against its own citizens. Apparently not.

The full text of the motion read:

That this House notes that the Cuban civil society movement, Archipiélago, has called for marches on the 15 November 2021 against violence, to demand that all Cubans’ rights are respected, for the release of political prisoners and for the solution to their differences via democratic and peaceful channels; further notes that the Cuban government has thus far denied the right of citizens to protest peacefully and continues to detain and imprison those who peacefully protested on 11 July 2021; and calls on the Cuban government to allow peaceful protest, release political prisoners and to engage in meaningful dialogue with Cuban civil society.”

Guido can’t imagine what’s upset McDonnell so much. Presumably acknowledging that a communist government imprisons those who campaign for democracy was too radical for the long-time Cuban shill
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Zarah Sultana’s Silent on Cubans’ Right to Protest

Last night Zarah Sultana came out with a classic loony left take: that the scenes of protesting in Cuba over the anti-civil and economic freedom regime there is actually the fault of imperialist America.

Guido struggles to see how Zarah’s claim that those who “want to help Cuba” should focus on the US would end the scenes of mass violence by Cuban authorities against their citizens. It’s particularly brazen given just last week Sultana boasted about voting against the government’s Police and Crime Bill on the basis it was “an attack on our democratic right to protest”. Sultana is silent about the Cuban dictatorship’s arrest and beating of a protesting priest…

It seems that for Zarah the right of people to protest only extends to Western citizens complaining about capitalist systems; railing against the failing communist Cuban state just isn’t cricket. So far more than 100 people have been arrested or are missing on the island following Sunday’s protests. No doubt Sultana’s 401 majority will once again value her campaigning on issues directly affecting them…

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Thousands of Cubans Rally Against Communist Government

The hard left’s romanticised example of a successful socialist nation, Cuba, is currently experiencing thousands-strong protests by its citizens over the collapsing economy, lack of freedoms and the country’s handling of the pandemic. Videos from Havana show the freedom-loving protestors shouting “Down with the dictatorship!”. There have also been chants of “down with communism!” and “freedom!”

In response, the military dictatorship has ordered police to make mass arrests and they have been seen beating protestors – further emphasising the protestors’ calls for improved civil liberties. Presidente Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared on television to accuse them of being provoked by US-hired mercenaries trying to destabilise the country, calling on government loyalists to “fight… into the street, revolutionaries!” Guido sends his best to the brave freedom fighters…

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Loony Chris Williamson Still Loving Castro

Chris Williamson happy once again to lavish praise on the regime of Fidel Castro. No mention, of course, of the forced labour camps set-up by the Castro regime which saw thousands of homosexuals, Jehovah’s witnesses and others imprisoned in misery. No mention of Castro routinely referring to gay people as “faggots” and “worms”. No mention that HIV positive people in Cuba were forced into quarantine and that gay students were expelled from universities. Williamson, a shadow minister remember, wants “the legacy of Fidel to continue”…

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McDonnell to Celebrate Election at Castro Cuba Solidarity Party

John McDonnell and Ian Lavery are to celebrate Labour’s better-than-expected election defeat at a Cuba Solidarity Campaign party next week. McDonnell and Lavery will enjoy Cuban acid house and salsa music, as well as a tribute to Fidel Castro, before giving speeches in praise of the communist Cuban regime. For voters, a look at what you could have won. Of course Fidel never gave himself the opportunity to lose an election…

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Castro Dead: Nuttiest Tributes

Jeremy Corbyn:

“Fidel Castro was a massive figure in the history of the whole planet, ever since the revolution in 1959. There are stories of his heroism while living in Mexico in exile and then the boat to Cuba, the march to Havana… For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”

George Galloway:

“You were the greatest man I ever met Comandante Fidel. You were the man of the century. Hasta la Victoria Siepmre. Orden. RIP”

Ken Livingstone:

“I’ve been to Cuba many times, it’s a very open and relaxed society. I’m sure they will, over time, move towards something like a traditional West European democracy… We didn’t have an entirely functioning democracy in World War Two, it was shut down. The general election was cancelled, anyone expressing support for Hitler was thrown into prison”

Vladimir Putin:

“The name of this outstanding statesman is considered to be a symbol of an era in the modern history of the world… Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made an enormous contribution to the formation and development of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic cooperation in all fields. This strong and wise man always looked with confidence to the future. He embodies the highest ideals of politics, citizen and patriot, sincerely convinced of the rightness of the case, which gave his whole life. The memory of him will live forever in the hearts of Russian citizens.”

Jean-Claude Juncker:

“With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century.”

Gerry Adams:

“I have good memories of meeting with Fidel. He was very conversant with Irish history and good friend to the Irish people and an admirer of our struggle, especially the hunger strikers of 1981.”

Ayatollah Khameni:

“I extensively talked with Fidel Castro in person, it is his personality to believe and rely on people”

Peter Hain:

“Indefensible human rights abuses but Castro created society equality, free health & education, international solidarity despite USA siege”

Justin Trudeau:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

Nothing however beats the BBC’s coverage. They are reporting Castro’s death more favourably than Thatcher’s. No ‘controversial’. No mention of the thousands summarily executed after the revolution. No mention that he demanded the USSR nuke the USA. No mention of the decades of impoverishment and human rights abuse. No mention of his secret police rounding up homosexuals and putting them in concentration camps. Castro gets a free pass on democratic norms – “his critics accused him of being a dictator”. Does the BBC think that is only an allegation? Particular congratulations to the BBC News Channel, who interviewed “Cuba expert” Richard Gott, without mentioning he was a KGB agent of influence. Slow clap.

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