Castro rejects free-market 'venom' for Cuba
Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
HAVANA, Cuba (AFP): Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro dismissed as
"venom" free-market economic reforms proposed by leftists whom he
branded as "superrevolutionaries" in an article published Tuesday.
Castro, 81, sidelined with an undisclosed gastrointestinal illness, has
had plenty of time to contemplate the matter during his 13 months of bed
rest, during which he has read and written articles like the one
published Tuesday, by official dailies Granma and Juventud Rebele.
He called anathema the free-market reforms put forward by the
"superrevolutionaries," whom he did not name.
"What would they recommend for the Revolution? Pure venom. The formulas
typical of neoliberalism," Castro said, in the latest of more than 40
articles published under his name since his illness.
Castro has left the day-to-day governance in the hands of his brother,
Defense Minister Raul Castro, "temporarily."
A flurry of rumours circulated this month, especially among the
Cuban-American community in Florida, that the long-time leader was
either dead or on his deathbed.
He has not been seen in public since before undergoing surgery more than
a year ago, though he has appeared in photographs and eight videos, the
last of which aired on June 5.