New York City Mayor and and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio joins a strikers at Miami International Airport Thursday, June 27, 2019. During his speech, he said the Spanish slogan “Hasta la Victoria, siempre!” a phrase associated with revolutionary leader Che Guevara and a rally cry for Fidel Castro. That drew criticism in a city heavily influenced by exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s government. (AP Photo/Marcus Lim)

De Blasio says Cuba, Nicaragua have gone astray

June 28, 2019 - 4:13 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions have gone astray.

De Blasio was asked to comment on the governments of the two Latin American countries on Friday, a day after he was criticized for quoting a Cuban revolutionary slogan in Miami.

The mayor and Democratic presidential candidate later said he did not realize that the slogan ``Hasta la victoria, siempre!'' was associated with the Cuban revolution.

De Blasio said Friday that the revolutionaries were right to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista but the revolution later ``went astray.'' He said Cuba ``could have emerged as a democratic society.''

De Blasio said the situation in Nicaragua is ``very sad to watch'' and President Daniel Ortega's time ``has come and gone.''

De Blasio has visited both countries.