Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Castro Takes Blame for Cuba's Treatment of Gays

Castro Takes Blame for Cuba's Treatment of Gays
August 31st, 2010 at 2:30 pm by Erin Rook

Fidel Castro has claimed responsibility for the persecution of gays in
Cuba during the 1960s but says that the distraction of foreign affairs,
rather than homophobia, is to blame, according to The Globe and Mail.

While the former Cuban president was, as he told Mexican newspaper La
Jornada, "immersed, principally, in the Crisis of October (Cuban Missile
Crisis), in the war, in policy questions" gays were treated as
counterrevolutionaries and placed in labor camps, discrimination that
Castro now calls a "great injustice."

"In those moments I was not able to deal with that matter (of
homosexuals)," Castro said. "We had so many and such terrible problems,
problems of life or death."

Still, he refuses to pass the buck.

"If anyone is responsible (for the persecution), it's me," Castro said.
"I'm not going to place the blame on others."

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