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Fidel Castro's grandson flaunts lavish lifestyle on social media as average Cuban lives on $30 per month

Pics of expensive clothes, fancy restaurants, tourist hot spots, spark outrage

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When Fidel Castro's grandson decided to flaunt his family's wealth on social media, some people in Communist Cuba were not amused.

What did they show?

Florida media accessed the photos, which show Tony Castro sipping champagne in a fancy restaurant, celebrating Christmas in Madrid, posing in front of glitzy city skylines, lounging on a yacht and driving his BMW. One of the pictures from July 2018 shows him in Barcelona, Spain, touring the area around the La Sagrada Familia, the famed unfinished Roman Catholic church.

The jet-setter is "a regular visitor of Spain, which maintains a bilateral relationship with the Caribbean communist government," The Guardian reported.

The 20-something's love of fine dining, expensive clothes and world travel are a stark contrast to the lifestyle of the average people in Cuba, where basics like bread and eggs are considered luxuries.

"All this in a nation where the average salary barely exceeds $31 per month," the news website americateve.com wrote.

The photos also drew interest because they offered a glimpse into the secretive lives of the former Cuban leader's immediate family members, The Guardian explained.

El Nuevo Herald was given the images by one of Tony Castro's Instagram followers. The pictures, now apparently set to private, popped up days before Cuba paused for the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro, who later ruled for five decades. He died in 2016.

Tony Castro, is the son of Fidel's son, Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, who is a "well-known Cuban baseball official and orthopedic surgeon," the Miami Herald reported. Tony Castro has worked as a model, and it's not clear if the photos were part of a contract job with the fashion industry, the news outlet noted.

What are people saying?

A Facebook user commented with a quote from George Orwell's novel, "Animal Farm," when he wrote: 'All the animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.'"

Animal Farm is a satire novel about Stalinism that condemns dictatorships. The book is banned in Cuba.

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