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Jordan Candler / April 6, 2016

500 Cuban Dissidents Jailed During Obama’s Trip

Limp-wristed leadership.

In December, Barack Obama asserted, “What I’ve said to the Cuban government is, if … we’re seeing some progress in the liberty and freedom and possibilities of ordinary Cubans, I’d love to use a visit as a way of highlighting that progress.” He added, “If we’re going backwards, then there’s not much reason for me to be there.”

Well, he’s both blind and naive. Just shortly after Obama concluded his trip to the communist enclave, a new report demonstrates just how callous is Obama. The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation says, “In the days of the historic and friendly visit to Cuba of President Barack Obama, the island’s government, instead of ensuring an atmosphere of public tranquility, unleashed a true wave of political repression and uncounted intimidating actions.” Here’s what the commission found: More than 1,400 dissidents (a conservative estimate) were imprisoned in the month of March, 498 of whom were jailed while Obama was present.

Fox News interestingly notes: “The figure of 1,416 arrests, most of them lasting just hours, is one of the highest monthly totals registered in the past five years, exceeded only by the 1,447 arbitrary arrests recorded in November 2015.” Is that what Obama calls “progress in the liberty and freedom and possibilities of ordinary Cubans”? No wonder the Cuban dictator tried raising the American dictator’s hand. Because when it comes to Cuba, there’s limp-wristed leadership on one side, and an iron fist on the other.

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