In Cuba Fidel Castro scorns Obama’s rapprochement

Castro says Cuba is able to produce food and material wealth it needs with the effort and intelligence of its people.

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Cuba’s revolutionary hero, Fidel Castro, has scorned US president Barrack Obama’s recent visit to the Island.

In a 1,500-word letter titled 'El Hermano Obama' (Brother Obama), Castro said

“Each of us ran the risk of a heart attack upon hearing the words of the President of the United States” in reference to Obama’s call for the two countries to leave the past behind them.

Castro says Cuba is able to produce food and material wealth it needs with the effort and intelligence of its people.

“We do not need any gifts from the empire,” he wrote.

“My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics.”

Castro recalled the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 and eulogized his government’s role in the struggles of African independence. He accused Washington of having supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa.

“I do not know what Obama has to say today about this history. I do not know what he did or did not know, although it is very doubtful that he knew absolutely nothing,” said Fidel.

“My modest suggestion is that he reflect and not try to develop theories about Cuban politics,” he said.

Obama visited Cuba from March 20 to 22 after a thaw in relationship between the two countries. He became the first US president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years.

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