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Justin Trudeau has refused to condemn Cuba’s communist regime amid anti-authoritarian protests on the island. Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in recent days to protest the island’s oppressive communist regime. “Communist repression squads” presumably heading to break up the demonstrations were reported, with corporate media relatively hush on the developments Monday. “We are not going to hand over the sovereignty or the independence of the people,” said Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in an address to his citizens. “There are many revolutionaries in this country who are willing to give our lives, we are willing to do anything, and we will be in the streets fighting.” Trudeau said Tuesday: “We’ve always stood in friendship with the Cuban people.” He added that the Trudeau government has called for greater freedoms and greater attention to human rights in Cuba. In November 2016, Trudeau issued the following statement on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro: “I know my father was very proud to call him a friend, and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away.”

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