M2001.99.115 | Cuban Athletes at Pan American Games
Cuban Athletes at Pan American Games
1999, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379)
Keys to History
"We often forget that Fidel Castro is a dictator..."
In March 1999, news of the summary trial of four Cuban dissidents was splashed across newspaper headlines throughout the world, with many countries expressing their disagreement with the policies of Fidel Castro. These human rights violations were yet another example of Castro's powerful hold on the Cuban people.
The Pan American Games bring together 5,000 athletes from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Since the fall of the dictators in South America, Cuba is the only nation in the Americas to remain non-democratic. Cuba has a population of 11 million.
The 1999 Pan American Games were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 26 to 29.
Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba since 1959, is shown with a Cuban dissident dressed as a prisoner.