It’s only been a day and some good has already come from President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba. On Monday, Raul Castro opened a Pandora’s box that he should’ve left closed after a reporter challenged the Cuban dictator/President on the subject of political prisoners.
ICYMI, President Obama and the First Family are in Cuba for a historic visit.
This is the first time a U.S. president has made a diplomatic trip to the Caribbean island since Calvin Coolidge, who traveled to Cuba in 1928 to participate in the Pan American Conference.
People are pretty damn excited to see the 44th president walk the streets of Havana.
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 21, 2016
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But, things have already gone off the tracks because of one comment from current Cuban dictator, Raúl Castro.
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CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Castro if he had any plans to release any political prisoners now that diplomatic ties with the US are being re-established.
“Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately,” Castro snapped back, according to Business Insider, probably feeling like this:
“Just mention a list. What political prisoners,” he continued. “Give me a name or names or when, after this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners and if we have those political prisoners they will be released before tonight ends.”
He basically denied that Cuba is in the business of imprisoning political dissidents, leaving the world feeling like:
So, the world responded with, what else, LISTS.
Here's one list with 47 political prisoners in Cuba. Is Raúl Castro going to free them by tonight? pic.twitter.com/NIboh0BpLm
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) March 21, 2016
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That’s one of several lists that are floating around. According to the Human Rights Watch, Cuba detained just under 8,000 dissidents in 2014 alone. So, Raul, tell us again how there aren’t any dissenters in your jails right now.
Someone is Castro’s “government” is definitely feeling like this:
So, Castro…let Jeff Goldblum say it for you since you are probably too embarrassed to.
YES! The lists are right f*cking there, bro. Just admit your government is involved in some shaaaaaady business; it’s time to change course. After all, you were supposed to release 53 political prisoners so GTFO with that “I don’t think we have any left” bull!
All we can do now is wait to see whether Castro will acknowledge the illegal imprisonment of thousands of Cubans or if he will just continue to lead the U.S. on.
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Ball is in your court, bro. And as RuPaul says, “Don’t f*ck it up!”