Amid protests in Cuba against the communist regime, Pennsylvania State University is facing scrutiny over a long-displayed wall featuring a quote by Fidel Castro , the country’s former dictator.
On Tuesday, Erik Suarez, a PSU student and former student government deputy director of outreach, tweeted his opposition to the quote. Suarez referred to the display as “propaganda.”
“A few days ago I posted about how my university @penn_state had a wall in a university office area with a Fidel Castro quote.” A few days ago I posted about how my university @penn_state had a wall in a university office area with a Fidel Castro quote.
I again want to raise my voice and condemn the spread of socialist propaganda on campus, specially now with what happens in #Cuba pic.twitter.com/Aq2FVenpci — Erik Suarez | #CubaLibre🇨🇺♥️ (@ErikSuarez24) July 13, 2021
The wall is located in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center , where students go to study and buy food and school supplies.
Suarez, an émigré from Venezuela, told Campus Reform that he was deeply shocked and disappointed with the school’s decision to display the Castro quote.
“[It] represents all the pain, suffering, and misery that my country [Venezuela] is going through. And to see this on a campus building and cultural center is deeply painful, especially because of my love for Penn State,” Suarez said. When asked what he plans to do about this disturbing display, Suarez said “I will use all the influence and contacts I have inside [of student government] to try and make a change. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, denouncing authoritarianism should be a movement we all should be part of.”
“This is a fight against authoritarianism in general. No one should be in favor of a quote by Pinochet, Trujillo, and other dictators as well,” Suarez added.
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Joshua Reynolds, an at-large representative in University Park Undergraduate Association, PSU’s student government, is one of those contacts that can help Suarez.
Reynolds told Campus Reform that it is “deeply concerning that Penn State chose a lifelong dictator, whose hands are stained with the blood of many thousands, as someone to be honored in […]
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