Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has faced criticism for her tweet commemorating Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Rhiannon wrote: “Fidel Castro liberated Cuba from corruption, exploitation. From opposing Apartheid to bringing healthcare to Third World he inspired so many.” The tweet hasn’t gone down well with those who believe that Castro’s legacy as president of Cuba wasn’t all sunshine and puppies. Interestingly, both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten have kept mum on Castro’s passing. Labor’s Kim Carr also tweeted in support of Castro, writing: “Vale Fidel Castro, extraordinary 20th century figure, survived 50 year embargo & 638 CIA attempts on life using ex-lovers & Mafia gangsters.”

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