November 28, 2016
Castro man of great mana
The death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro at the age of 90 has left people divided about his legacy, depending on which side of the political fence they fall.
But for Mana leader Hone Harawira he was a source of inspiration in the struggle against colonialism and racism.
He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson President Castro stood up against the efforts of the United States to quash his revolution.
"America did their best to starve the whole island to death. They just wanted to kill everybody over there. They sent in troops. They tried to poison the guy. They tried to assasinate the guy. They tried to deny any aid getting in for generations, just try to bring down what Fidel had done which was turn it from an island paradise for the Mob to a place where at least the people had a voice in what was happening. Great mana that man, great mana," Mr Harawira says.
Cuba’s medical aid programmes have made a huge impact on healthcare in the developing world, and Castro’s support for liberation movements in southern Africa was critical in ending the apartheid regime.
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