By Andres Oppenheimer
CAMPECHE, MEXICO.- If you are outraged that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decorated Cuba’s dictator Miguel Diaz-Canel with his country’s highest medal for foreigners, you should hear what the Mexican leader said during the ceremony.
It’s so ridiculous, it’s almost funny.
At the Feb. 10 ceremony in Mexico’s southern city of Campeche, López Obrador bestowed the Order of the Aztec Eagle on the Cuban ruler and claimed that the island, which has hundreds of political prisoners and does not allow free elections, has a “profoundly humane government.”
It gets worse. López Obrador also made the bizarre claim that Cuba’s dictatorship “is backed by an indomitable people.”
Really? Cuba has not allowed a free election in 64 years. Not only that, but the dictatorship does not allow any opposition parties or independent media.
In his speech, the Mexican president also vowed to “lead a more active movement” by all countries to support Cuba, and to demand that the U.S. government lift its trade sanctions on the island. The two presidents also discussed renewing the deal whereby Cuba sends medical missions to Mexico.
Source: The Miami Herald
There are an estimated 610 Cuban doctors working in at least 10 Mexican states. Under an agreement that human-rights activists describe as modern slavery, Mexico pays the Cuban government for such missions, and the Cuban regime pays the doctors a fraction of that money.