The Rage Against the Machine guitarist posted a lengthy note on Instagram about the late Cuban leader
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Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello defended Fidel Castro in a note on Instagram this weekend, just after the Cuban leader died on Friday. “While I don’t agree with all that Fidel Castro did there is ample reason why he is vilified in the U.S. and yet remains a huge hero throughout the Third World,” Morello wrote.

A longtime political activist who has been outspoken in recent months against President-elect Donald Trump, Morello wrote about Castro’s legacy outside the United States. “By defying Yankee imperialism for 50 years, instituting the best healthcare, child immunization and literacy systems in the Western Hemisphere (surpassing the U.S. and Canada), exporting doctors to countries in need all over the globe (the Bush administration turned down his offer to send medical teams to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina), and being an unrepentant advocate of the poor and exploited it is no surprise that millions will mourn his passing.”

Morello also commented on the time his band Audioslave played in Cuba back in 2005, a show which was turned into a DVD, Live in Cuba. “Audioslave was the first U.S. rock band to ever play in Cuba and that experience will be one I will always treasure, especially the trip we took to a former country club of the wealthy that had been turned into a free college for gifted musicians.”

Castro rose to power in 1959, and remained Cuba’s leader until 2008. As ruler, Castro had many of his political opponents imprisoned or exiled and suppressed independent media and dissidents. His leadership forced thousands of Cubans to flee the country, with many settling in America. Upon news of his death, hundreds of Cubans celebrated on the streets of Miami, chanting “Free Cuba! Down with tyranny!” according to The Washington Post.

See Morello’s whole post below.