Rep. Steve Chabot Comments on Death of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro
WASHINGTON - On November 26, 2016, the long-serving dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, passed away at the age of 90. Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and senior member of the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, expressed skepticism that Castro’s death would result in Cuba’s immediate democratization.
"A long time dictator, Fidel Castro imposed a brutal system of control and censorship over the people of Cuba for more than fifty years," Chabot said. "His authoritarian rule has been responsible for countless human rights abuses and turning Cuba into a state-sponsor of terrorism. The elder Castro's death may offer some hope to the millions of Cubans who have suffered at his hands. However, the country remains in the control of his brother, Raul Castro. I am concerned that freedom and democracy will continue to be just that - a dream for Cuba and its people."