Jorge Ramos To Sanders Surrogate: How Has Support For Fidel's "Literacy Brigades" Affected Bernie?

MRC Latino | March 3, 2020
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JORGE RAMOS: You are supporting Bernie Sanders and there was a recent controversy due to his statements regarding Cuba. This is what Bernie Sanders said:

BERNIE SANDERS: When Fidel Castro first came to power, he initiated a major literacy program. They went out and they helped people to read and write. You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing. I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world, including Cuba. 

RAMOS: Ana María, how has this affected your candidate? Can positive things be said about the Cuban dictatorship?


ANA MARÍA ARCHILA: Well. I believe President Obama is in agreement with Senator Sanders in that the advances that occurred after the revolution in Cuba were significant for the people- the Cuban people. I’m from Colombia. Colombia is a country that is dominated by the Right and in Colombia, as well as throughout the rest of Latin America, Cuba was acknowledged as one of the best countries in terms of its education infrastructure and healthcare. That is what President Obama pointed out, that is what Senator Sanders pointed out, and it is an incontrovertible fact. Senator Sanders was also crystal clear, as we just heard, in that he does not support any of the methods of repression by any dictatorship. 

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