The Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2003. By Photo: Antonio Milena - ABr Editing: Lucas (crop, blur, retouch, color, modify) (This image) [CC BY 3.0 br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2003. By Photo: Antonio Milena – ABr Editing: Lucas (crop, blur, retouch, color, modify) (This image) [CC BY 3.0 br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
A couple of longtime conservative Southland politicians are reacting strongly to the death of the “tyrant” former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

“The shouts of `Cuba Libre!’ heard this jubilant hour in the streets of Miami reverberate throughout the world, wherever freedom and liberty and self- government are prized,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, who also represents part of Long Beach.

“A tyrant is dead, indeed a tyrant whose iron rule lasted longer than any other contemporary dictator’s … His was rule by firing squad, torture, imprisonment of dissidents, neighborhood spies, even starvation — a toxic blend of fascism and Communism.”

Rohrabacher urged the incoming Trump administration to “look for ways to undermine the continuing Castro regime and encourage a new spirit of personal liberation” for Cuba.

Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista who also represents parts of Orange County and sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called Castro “a tyrant, murderer, liar, and evil despot. History will remember him as nothing more. He murdered his own citizens, imprisoned those who disagreed with him and wrought inconceivable misery on the people of his country for nearly 6 decades.”

“His death does not deserve to be mourned,” Issa’s statement continued. “While the dictator has died, the repressive regime he created endures. It is my hope that his death will mark the beginning of a new era of hope, freedom, and peace for the people of Cuba.

We have much work to do, but the people of Cuba should know that the United States stands at the ready to help further our common mission of eradicating communism and oppression wherever we find it. The irony of his death on Black Friday, the most capitalist day of the year, should also serve as a reminder that capitalism and freedom always win.”

Castro died on Friday at the age of 90. He ceded power to his brother Raul a decade ago.

—City News Service

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