Fidel Castro rebuked President Obama in a lengthy diatribe Monday just days after his historic visit to Cuba.
The former Cuban revolutionary leader published a letter in state-controlled media titled “Brother Obama,” in which he recalled the U.S.’ past efforts to overthrow his government.
“We do not need the empire to give us anything,” Castro wrote.
It was the elder Castro’s first response to Obama’s two-and-a-half-day visit last week, during which the president said he came to the country to bury the final vestige of the Cold War in the Western Hemisphere.
The president’s efforts to allow U.S. businesses to operate in Cuba also appeared to have angered Castro, who seized American business and property during the 1959 Cuban revolution.
By most measures, Cuba’s economy is on life support. But Castro insisted the communist system he put in place can provide for the island’s citizens.
“No one should pretend the people of this noble and selfless country give up its glory and rights,” he wrote. “We are able to produce food and material wealth we need with the effort and intelligence of our people.”
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