HAVANA – Fidel Castro on Monday expressed Cuba’s support for the Egyptian people and “their struggle for political rights and social justice” that toppled “the United States’ principal ally in the heart of the Arab countries.”
“Mubarak was oppressing and plundering his own people, he was an enemy of the Palestinians and an accomplice of Israel, the sixth nuclear power on the planet, associated with the military NATO group,” the former Cuban leader said in an article appearing in official media.
Castro also had harsh words for the U.S. government’s role in Egypt.
“Obama is affected by the events in Egypt; he acts or appears to act as if he were the owner of the planet. What is happening in Egypt seems to be his own issue,” Fidel said.
He emphasized that Egypt had become the No. 2 recipient of U.S. military aid, that Egyptian security forces had been trained by the Pentagon and that when the Egyptian people awaited explanations from their government, “the replies came from senior officers from U.S. intelligence agencies or the U.S. government, without any respect whatsoever for Egyptian officials.”
“Do the leaders of the United States and their intelligence services, by any chance, know nothing of the Mubarak government’s colossal theft?” Castro asked.
He criticized the fact that before the mass protests of recent weeks in Egypt “neither (U.S.) government officials nor intelligence agents said one single word about privileges and the bold-faced robbery of billions of dollars.”
“Peoples do not risk repression or death, nor do they stand fast the whole night protesting energetically about purely formal issues. They do so when their legal and material rights are pitilessly sacrificed to the insatiable demands of corrupt politicians and to the national and international forces sacking the country,” Fidel Castro said.
“We support the valiant Egyptian people and their struggle for political rights and social justice. We are not opposed to the people of Israel; we are opposed to the genocide of the Palestinian people and in favor of their right to an independent state,” the retired Cuban president said. EFE