Fidel Castro blasts Obama's Cuba trip

The 89-year-old leader of the Cuban Revolution, who has reacted tepidly to the communist island’s rapprochement with the United States, scoffed at what he described as Obama’s call to forgive and forget more than half a century of Cold War enmity. Obama, who met Raul but not Fidel Castro during his three-day visit last week, defied the regime’s warnings not to wade into Cuba’s internal affairs by meeting with anti-Castro dissidents and calling for democracy and greater freedoms. “Voters should be able to choose their governments in free and democratic elections,” he said in a speech carried live on Cuba’s tightly controlled state television.

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