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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro accused U.S. Republican Party presidential contenders of “idiocy and ignorance” after two of them called on the U.S. to do more to support Cubans who want to overthrow the island’s communist regime.
The 85-year-old former leader’s comments, published today in a “Reflections” column on the Cuba Debate website, come less than a week before the party’s Jan. 31 primary in Florida, home to many Cuban Americans.
In a Jan. 24 Republican Party presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich criticized President Barack Obama for not encouraging Cubans who want to overthrow the Cuban government headed by Fidel’s brother, Raul.
While the U.S. has for more than five decades regarded Cuba as destined “to fall into her bosom like ripe fruit,” Castro wrote, “the fruit did not fall.” He went on to scorn “the candidates that aspire to be the president of that globalized imperialist reign.”
Castro also thanked “brother nation” Venezuela for its fight against a U.S.-backed free-trade agreement backed by former President George W. Bush. He said the accord aimed to extract all of South America’s natural resources.
Castro also said news agencies that attributed the death of a Cuban prisoner this month to a hunger strike were wrong, and that the man died of organ failure caused by a respiratory infection. The man received “the best medical services in the world” prior to his death, Castro said.
--With assistance from John McCormick and Kristin Jensen in Tampa. Editors: Robert Jameson, Philip Sanders
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