Official Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro / Somos+
Somos+, 26 November 2016 — Consistent with its tradition of objectivity
and respect, the political movement Somos+ acknowledges the death of
former president Fidel Castro as an historical event of great significance.
We understand that his followers will pay him the tribute they deem
appropriate. We hope, however, that this event will be the beginning of
a new stage in the life of the Cuban people. For although in his almost
50 years of governance he did some praiseworthy things, his decisions
were marked by pride, authoritarianism, overconfidence, intolerance and
a cult of personality.
Every branch of Cuban economics, society and politics were formed in his
image and likeness, assuming each of these traits and leading over the
years to the terrible structural, spiritual and moral crisis that we are
experiencing today. This has been further compounded by emigration and a
lack of respect for fundamental human rights.
We hope that his passing will encourage a greater and essential exercise
in reflection and responsibility for our people and will be the starting
point for all of us as Cubans to once again seek to be, as was Jose
Marti's dream, a single country that affords the peace and harmony that
Fidel's death marks the death of an era and with it a great opportunity
to rebuild our nation.
Somos+ National Council
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