On Friday, Fidel Castro, the former Communist dictator of Cuba, passed away at the age of 90. The Castro regime exiled 1 million Cubans; it killed tens of thousands. Yet, as many public figures penned their thoughts on Castro’s death, they opted to overlook his inhumane, tyrannical actions and highlight the positives.
Here’s a list of the ten most outrageous reactions to Castro’s death.
Jimmy Carter on the death of Fidel Castro: pic.twitter.com/JMV524xDO2— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 26, 2016
Jeremy Corbyn on the passing of Fidel Castro. pic.twitter.com/k4ZNNconRL— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) November 26, 2016
Michael Higgins, president of Ireland
“Fidel Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet,” Higgins said.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., American civil rights leader
In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro’s cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP pic.twitter.com/ReOLnMCxE7— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 26, 2016
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission
“Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century,” Juncker said. “The world has lost a man who was a hero for many.”
Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations
UN Secretary-General on Castro’s death: “He was a strong voice for social justice…”— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) November 26, 2016
Ki-moon went on to praise Castro for overseeing “advances in the field of education literacy and health” and being “a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly.”
Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico
Lamento el fallecimiento de Fidel Castro Ruz, líder de la Revolución cubana y referente emblemático del siglo XX.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) November 26, 2016
“I regret the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban revolution and emblematic symbol of the twentieth century,” Nieto said.
Barack Obama, president of the United States
Obama statement on Castro’s death pic.twitter.com/7lLuxsRTsH— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) November 26, 2016
Jill Stein, Green party presidential candidate
Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 27, 2016
Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada
Trudeau honors Castro on his death. Cuban citizens and exiles deserve better. pic.twitter.com/giAzaGAkL4— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 26, 2016
— Austin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute.