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Report: 30,000 political arrests in Cuba

According to the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), over the past five years the communist government of that country has arrested over 30,000 because of their political ideology that opposes the communist regime.

To avoid any international outcry, many of the people were never charged and let go, as the communist regime employed a different tactic, of repeatedly arresting people and letting them go. Some are arrested on a weekly basis.

The arrests themselves were a form of punishment and harassment.

The Blaze explains:

Most of the arrests targeted political dissidents, journalists, and others who had openly opposed the Castro regime. Police never charged a vast majority of them, resulting in their repeated arrests, and observers have classified many of these incidents and violent in nature or, more specifically, instances of police brutality. This practice of arbitrary arrest, no accusations of criminal behavior, and release allows the Castro regime to keep its official tally of political prisoners low while restraining the freedom of some of its most prominent dissidents. Some members of the Ladies in White dissident group, for example — including leader Berta Soler — have been arrested on a weekly basis for months, but never charged with a crime.

READ: Human Rights Group: Cuba Has Made 30,000 Political Arrests in 5 Years

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t provide the statement that Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on the death of Cuba’s most famous tyrant, Fidel Castro:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. “Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. “While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”. “I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba. “On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”

READ: Fidel Castro dies. Justin Trudeau issues statement. Much hilarity ensues. #TrudeauEulogies

And Trudeau is not alone.

An assistant professor of economics at Riverside College, recently tweeted out his praise of Russia’s most infamous mass murderer and communist leader, Josef Stalin.

The College Fix writes:

Bair described Stalin as “a very successful revolutionary, a great contributor to Marxist theory,” as well as a “great listener and collaborator during discussions.” Bair added he “would certainly conclude that he [Stalin] is one of the great leaders of the 20th c [century]”.

READ: Economics professor praises Stalin as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century

It is estimated Josef Stalin killed well over 28 million people during his glorious Marxist revolution in Russia (some believe the actual number is millions higher).

Of course, Stalin pales in comparison to what is believed to be the world’s greatest mass murderer, fellow communist, Mao Zedong of China, who is estimated to have killed over 41 million Chinese during his glorious Cultural Revolution.

The number of deaths committed by communists around the world are often downplayed because it might taint the reputation of today’s left-wing politicians, as an article in the Washington Post noted:

But an even bigger factor in our relative neglect of the Great Leap Forward is that it is part of the general tendency to downplay crimes committed by communist regimes, as opposed to right-wing authoritarians. Unlike in the days of Mao, today very few western intellectuals actually sympathize with communism. But many are reluctant to fully accept what a great evil it was, fearful – perhaps – that other left-wing causes might be tainted by association.

READ: Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world

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