Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Livingstone described the country under Castro as a “beacon of light” for the people of Latin America.
He said: “If you had to live in any Latin American country, you would have chosen Cuba because your children would have had a good education, decent healthcare and everywhere else in Latin America, small, corrupt, elite dictatorships, it was a beacon of light, I think to people all over Latin America.”
When challenged by presenter Mishal Husain on Castro’s human rights record, Livingstone said: “Initially he wasn’t very good on lesbian and gay rights, but the key things that mattered was that people had a good education, good healthcare and wealth was evenly distributed.
“He was not living as a billionaire laundering money off into a Panamanian bank account or anything like that, he was good for the people.”
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