GUADALAJARA – Mexican leader Cuauhtemoc Cardenas said Friday that Fidel Castro’s death last week at the age of 90 signified “a loss” for the people of Cuba and the world, and for internationalism.
Castro’s passing is “undoubtedly a loss for the Cuban people, for humanity and for internationalism, which was among the political principles of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution itself,” the son of former Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas (1934-1940) told a press conference.
As part of the 30th Guadalajara International Book Fair, where on Friday Cuauhtemoc presented the biography of his father, “Cardenas by Cardenas,” he said that Fidel Castro appears in several parts his book.
“My father had direct relations with the Cuban Revolution and with Fidel Castro,” said Cardenas, born in Mexico City in 1934.
For that reason, this extensive biography speaks of the mediation of Lazaro Cardenas so the dictator Fulgencio Batista would free Castro, as well as about the Cuban Revolution and the 1961 invasion of the Bay of Pigs.
Asked about the corruption afflicting Mexico today, Cardenas, founder of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, said he hopes that “in any shape or form it turns up, it will be fought.”
“Corruption should be swept like a stairway, from top to bottom. I don’t know what this government will do, but in many cases it will be treading on its own calluses,” he said.
In this context, he said that “many Lazarus Cardenases are needed in Mexico and in many parts of the world.”
The elder Cardenas was president of Mexico between 1934-1940 and founded the National Revolutionary Party (PNR), from which emerged the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which governed the country from 1929-2000 and regained power in 2012 under the leadership of Enrique Peña Nieto.
Lazaro Cardenas is considered a key figure in Mexican history because of the important reforms he imposed on the country, including an overhaul of agrarian reform, the promotion of indigenous rights, an improved education system and the nationalization of oil.