Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón described as “unacceptable” the visit of the Cuban ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel to the Aztec country on Thursday, to participate in the acts for the 211 years of independence of that nation.
“The leading role in the celebrations of the bicentennial of the consummation of the independence of a dictator who locks up dozens of Cuban citizens is unacceptable,” said Calderón on Twitter.
“It would be the last straw for a foreigner to speak on the Children’s Heroes Day, which represents the fight against foreigners,” said the former president, who led the government from 2006 to 2012.
Officials from the Cuban embassy in Mexico confirmed to the local press the participation of Díaz-Canel in the celebrations for the 211th anniversary of the independence of the North American nation.
Mexico celebrates the so-called Grito de Dolores or Independencia on September 16, the date on which the priest Miguel Hidalgo, considered the father of the nation, called for the popular uprising in 1810. Díaz-Canel will attend the commemoration as “ guest of honor ”and will accompany Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) during the day’s military parade.
In social networks, expressions of rejection of the presence of the Cuban ruler in the celebrations begin to manifest. Mexicans and Cubans residing in that country immediately began to leave their messages disagreeing with Díaz-Canel’s visit through platforms such as Twitter, where the hashtag #FueraCACAnel became a trend.
Some argue that the Cuban president is not welcome in Mexico, because he is a dictator who put Cubans against Cubans to fight, in reference to the anti-government demonstrations of 11J and Díaz-Canel’s order to repress them.
On the other hand, users on Twitter reacted to Felipe Calderón’s publication, recalling that, in 2017, the Havana regime prohibited him from entering the island, where he intended to enter on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá.
Others point out that he visited Cuba before, at the end of his term, and shared with Raúl Castro without criticizing him then for the management of the regime. “Yours is hypocrisy and political pettiness,” they tell him.
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