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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:23:22

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    Tom Morello took to his Instagram account to speak out in defense of controversial leader Fidel Castro, who died at the weekend: The Rage Against the Machine guitarist stated that the Cuban leader was considered, a "huge hero throughout the Third World" adding that he was "...an unrepentant advocate of the poor and exploited it is no surprise that millions will mourn his passing,"

    "While I don't agree with all that Fidel Castro did there is ample reason why he is vilified in the US and yet remains a huge hero throughout the Third World," Morello wrote.

    The guitarist then recounted Castro's lesser-publicized achievements: "By defying Yankee imperialism for 50 years, instituting the best health care, child immunization and literacy systems in the Western Hemisphere (surpassing the US and Canada), exporting doctors to countries in need all over the globe (the Bush administration turned down his offer to send medical teams to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina), and being an unrepentant advocate of the poor and exploited it is no surprise that millions will mourn his passing."

    In 2005 Audioslave, another of Morello's bands, staged a free concert in Havana, and in doing so they became the first U.S. rock band to perform in Cuba since the revolution in 1959. "That experience will be one I will always treasure," Morello said of the Audioslave visit to the Communist state, "especially the trip we took to a former country club of the wealthy that had been turned into a free college for gifted musicians." Morello added the hashtags #VivaLeRevolucion and #RIPFidel.

    "With what morality can the US leaders talk of human rights in a country where there are millionaires and beggars, where blacks face discrimination and great masses of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans are deprecated, exploited and humiliated?"-Fidel. While I don't agree with all that Fidel Castro did there is ample reason why he is vilified in the US and yet remains a huge hero throughout the Third World. By defying Yankee imperialism for 50 years, instituting the best healthcare, child immunization and literacy systems in the Western Hemisphere (surpassing the US and Canada), exporting doctors to countries in need all over the globe (the Bush administration turned down his offer to send medical teams to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina), and being an unrepentant advocate of the poor and exploited it is no surprise that millions will mourn his passing. Audioslave was the first US rock band to ever play in Cuba and that experience will be one I will always treasure, especially the trip we took to a former country club of the wealthy that had been turned into a free college for gifted musicians. #vivalarevolucion #RIPFidel

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