Cuban democratic socialists: AOC-backed group is actually a communist ‘imposter’

A group of Cuban democratic socialists have a message for their American counterparts: You are either secret communists or you are profoundly ignorant.

In an open letter, nine democratic socialists on the island blasted the Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S. group that counts Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) among its members, for supporting the island’s Communist government.

During their annual convention in August in Atlanta, the Democratic Socialists of America formally approved a resolution declaring itself “in solidarity with the Cuban socialist struggle” and “opposing acts of imperialist aggression” against the island.

However, as Cuban democratic socialists point out, the DSA is contradicting itself by supporting the kind of military dictatorship they claim to oppose:

The support for Castroism revealed in resolution 62 of the recent Convention of the Democratic Socialists of the United States, held in Atlanta, Georgia, can only be explained by two reasons: either the American Socialist Democrats do not know the Cuban reality or they are not socialist or democratic.

The nine Cubans added:

Whoever stands in solidarity with that regime doesn’t know it, doesn’t know what is happening in Cuba or is [an] imposter as Castroism. Several Cuban democratic socialists, who have been facing the anti-popular, totalitarian and anti-socialist policies of Castroism for decades, for which some of us have suffered repression and exile, reject any kind of solidarity with the Castro regime and we do not share the defense of it carried out in that convention for supposed or poorly informed US democratic socialists.

The letter by Cuba’s democratic socialists may surprise Americans who have been misled into believing that “democratic socialism” is the kind of system commonly found in northern Europe. Contrary to what progressive groups and reporters such as MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and Univision’s Jorge Ramos have argued, U.S. democratic socialists are not the equivalent of Scandinavian social democrats.

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