Fidel Castro (Pic: Agência Brasil /
Antônio Milena)

The former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, has taken responsibility for the persecution of gay people in the 1960s.

“if anyone is responsible (for the persecution), it’s me. I’m not going to place the blame on others,” Castro told La Jornada in an interview.

One of the leaders behind the Cuban Revolution, he admitted that the rounding up and jailing of homosexuals, who were seen as counter revolutionaries, in labour camps was a “great injustice”.

Castro (84) – who took power in 1959 – said that in the midst of creating a new government, he “was not able to deal with that matter (of homosexuals)”.

“I found myself immersed, principally, in the Crisis of October, in the war, in policy questions,” he said.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Cuba in 1979 and the country has become increasingly tolerant towards LGBT people.

Castro’s niece, Mariela Castro, and daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro, is a leading activist for LGBT rights in Cuba.

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