Lies by US Representative at the UN Refuted by Cuban Foreign Minister

Following is Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reply to the address by US representative to the United Nations Ronald D. Goddard following Cuba’s presentation of the UN resolution against the US blockade of Cuba on October 25

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2011-10-28 | 13:37:08 EST

Following is Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reply to the address by US representative to the United Nations Ronald D. Goddard following Cuba’s presentation of the UN resolution against the US blockade of Cuba on October 25.

I would like thank you for the fair and professional solution found this morning to address the voting machine malfunction.
Only the flagrant lies presented by Mr. Goddard this morning justify my taking the floor again, at this point in the debate. "You can fool some of the people, some of the time, but not all of the people, all of the time."

The statement made this morning by the United States was a carbon copy of that made last year and in 2009. Mr. Goddard has come here to defend the policy of President Bush since 2005 and has subsequently spoken as well to defend the policy of Mr. Obama, except in 2009. One has to ask what policy he defends.

I have here, Mr. President, a facsimile from the Daytona Beach Morning Journal, May 16, 1972, which announces that Mr. Ronald D. Goddard, director of the Miami Office, has been reassigned to Washington. Mr. Goddard, in addition to working for the Peace Corps and completing missions of some interest, about which little information is offered, in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Turkey and Central America, worked from1969 to 1972 as head of the Coordinator of Cuban Affairs office in Miami.

Another official declassified document states, as point number six, that the Coordinator will assume responsibility for both covert operations as well as legal operations.

Nevertheless, I agree with him in that the blockade is but one aspect of U.S. policy toward Cuba. He well knows, surely, that the other principal focus is internal subversion, the deployment of agents in the service of the United States within our national territory and the implementation of undercover operations by the USAID and CIA, with millions of dollars of funding, some of which have yet to be revealed. Since I have read the Geneva Convention clauses on genocide many times, I will make a copy available to the United States delegation.

The United States government is responsible for numerous extrajudicial executions, a portion carried out by drones or un-piloted aircraft, in which even U.S. citizens and minors have been killed; it is responsible for torture, for kidnappings, for 1,245 secret flights and secret prisons in Europe, while it maintains a concentration camp where torture takes place, located within territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo, Cuba.

It is not true that the United States and Cuba are trade partners. The ability to buy food in the United States, under difficult conditions, is the result of efforts made by sectors opposed to the blockade policy. These transactions have been processed under very strict regulations which cannot be described as those befitting a commercial relationship, much less as measures promoting flexibility; none meet the standards of the World Trade System.

Mr. Goddard has deliberately lied as to the two figures he cited during this meeting. In particular, he includes in so-called "humanitarian donations to Cuba" funds which the USAID uses to subvert the constitutional order in my country; the remittances which Cubans living in the U.S. send to their families, despite official regulations and restrictions; as well as donations sent by U.S. non-governmental organizations, through much effort, confronting government opposition, which were minimal in 2010.

The United States would do better, instead of unleashing wars, in which more than a million civilians have been murdered, and destabilizing foreign governments, to listen to the opinions of its own people. Close to here, on Wall Street, instead of brutally repressing its citizens, it should listen to what they have to say, to their complaints that there is no real democracy, that everything is determined by economic power, that corporations put profits above people, that greed overpowers justice, that inequality and oppression, as opposed to equality, guide the government. They decry that they have lost their homes, their pensions, their social security programs while the rich receive scandalous bonuses. They denounce that students have been strapped with debt, that the courts have corrupted justice, that millions of dollars are spent to eliminate medical insurance for workers and also that the United States participates in the torture and killing of innocent civilians abroad and perpetuates colonialism.

1,972 people have been executed in this country since 1976, some as a result of court errors. More than 3,000 U.S. citizens are now on death row. Just a few weeks ago, during the general debate here, the world was dismayed by the unjust execution of Troy Davis.

Mr. Goddard lies when he says that a U.S. citizen, a USAID contract employee, was sanctioned in Cuba for providing the Jewish community Internet access. He knows – he is an expert in these issues – that Mr. Gross was implementing an undercover operation in Cuba and committed criminal acts which are illegal in the United States as well.

In Cuba, children ask how it is possible that in this country, terrorists walk the streets and anti-terrorists are jailed. The five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters have suffered cruel, inhumane and degrading conditions for simply trying to prevent terrorist acts. They must be freed, including the one who is currently on supervised release and is being prevented from re-joining his family. It would be an act of justice and if that is not to be, at least, a humanitarian act.

Only in a country like the United States, could the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, a ferocious woman, lead a tribute to international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, responsible for the in-flight downing of a civilian aircraft and, only here, could a group of children, from a theater company visiting the United States, be called terrorists and spies.
The political battle which took place here today validates what our

Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz wrote last night in an article entitled NATO’s genocidal role, "The necessity of ending not only the blockade, but the system which engenders injustice on our planet, squanders its natural resources and is placing human survival at risk."

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Fidel’s Reflections:NATO’s Genocidal Role (Part Three)

Fidel: “The policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. ”

Fidel's Reflections:NATO’s Genocidal Role (Part Three)

On February 23rd, under the title of “The Cynical Danse Macabre”, I set out:

“The policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. ”

“Thanks to the treason committed by Sadat at Camp David, the Palestinian State has not been able to exist, despite the UN treaties of November 1947, and Israel became a strong nuclear power, an ally of the United States and NATO.

The US Military Industrial Complex supplied Israel with tens of billions of dollars every year as well as to the very Arab States that were submitted and being humiliated by Israel.

The genie has escaped from the bottle and NATO doesn’t know how to control it.

They are going to attempt to wrest the most benefits from the regrettable events in Libya. Nobody can know at this moment what is happening over there. All the figures and versions, even the most implausible ones, have been spread by the empire via the mass media, sowing chaos and disinformation.

It is obvious that inside Libya a civil war is brewing. Why and how did this happen? Who will pay the consequences? Reuters Agency, echoing the opinion of the well-known Nomura Bank of Japan, stated that oil prices could go beyond any limits:”

“…What would be the consequences in the midst of the food crisis?

“The main NATO leaders are all worked up. British Prime Minister David Cameron, ANSA informed, ‘…admitted in a speech in Kuwait that the western nations made a mistake in backing non-democratic governments in the Arab world.’.”

“His French colleague Nicolas Sarkozy stated: ‘The extended brutal and bloody repression of the Libyan civilian population is disgusting.”

“Italian Chancellor Franco Frattini stated as ‘believable’ the figure of one thousand dead in Tripoli […] ‘the tragic numbers shall be a bloodbath’.”

Hillary Clinton stated: “…the ‘bloodbath’ is ‘completely unacceptable’ and ‘it has to stop’…”

“Ban Ki-moon spoke: “‘The use of violence in the country is absolutely unacceptable’.”

“…‘the Security Council will act according to whatever the international community decides’.”

“‘We are considering a series of options’.”

What Ban Ki-moon is really hoping is that Obama pronounces the last word.

The president of the United States spoke this Wednesday afternoon and stated that the Secretary of State would be leaving for Europe in order to agree with their NATO allies on the measures to be taken. On his face once could note the opportunity to spar with John McCain, the far-right-wing Republican senator, pro-Israel Senator Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut and the leaders of the Tea Party, in order to ensure the Democratic Party demands.

The empire’s mass media has prepared the terrain for action. There would be nothing strange about a military intervention in Libya; besides, with that, Europe would be guaranteed almost two million barrels of light oil per day, unless before that events would put an end to the leadership or the life of Gaddafi.

“Anyway, Obama’s role is rather complicated. What will the reaction of the Arab and Muslim world be if blood should flow in abundance in that country as a result of that exploit? Would NATO intervention in Libya stem the revolutionary tidal wave surging in Egypt?

In Iraq, the innocent blood of more than a million Arab citizens was spilt when the country was invaded under false pretexts. ”

“Nobody in the world would ever agree with the deaths of defenceless civilians in Libya or anywhere else. And I wonder: will the US and NATO apply that principle on the defenceless civilians that the unmanned Yankee planes and the soldiers of that organization kill every day in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

It is a cynical danse macabre.”

While I was meditating upon these events, the debate scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday, October 25th, began at the United Nations, on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, something that has been addressed by the immense majority of the member countries of that institution over the course of 20 years.

This time, the numerous basic and just reasons – that for US administrations were nothing more than rhetorical exercises – made clear as never before the political and moral weakness of the most powerful empire that has existed, to whose oligarchic interests and insatiable lust for power and wealth all the inhabitants of the planet have been submitted, including the people of that very country.

The United States tyrannizes and pillages the globalized world with its political, economic, technological and military might.

That truth becomes ever more obvious after the honest and valiant debates that have been taking place in the last 20 years at the UN, with the support of the states that one presumes express the will of the immense majority of the planet’s inhabitants.

Before Bruno’s address, many countries’ organizations expressed their points of view via one of their members. The first of these was Argentina on behalf of the Group of 77 and China; Egypt followed on behalf of the Non-Aligned Nations; Kenya on behalf of the African Union; Belize on behalf of CARICOM; Kazakhstan on behalf of the Islamic Cooperation Organization; and Uruguay on behalf of MERCOSUR.

Besides these group-based expressions, China, a country with growing political and economic clout in the world, India and Indonesia firmly supported the Resolution through their ambassadors; among the three of them they represent 2.700 million inhabitants. The ambassadors of the Russian Federation, Belorussia, South Africa, Algeria, Venezuela and Mexico also spoke. Among the poorest countries of the Caribbean and Latin America, there were vibrating words of solidarity, such as the ones by the ambassador of Belize, who spoke on behalf of the Caribbean community, also the ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who spoke on behalf of his country and the one from Bolivia, whose arguments related to solidarity with our people, despite a blockade that is now lasting 50 years, will be an undying stimulus for our physicians, educators and scientists.

Nicaragua spoke prior to the vote, to courageously explain why it would be voting against that treacherous measure.

Also speaking earlier was the United States representative, to explain the unexplainable. I was sorry for him. It was the role they had given him.

When the time for the vote arrived, two countries were absent: Libya and Sweden; three abstained: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau; two voted nay: the US and Israel. Adding up those who voted nay, abstained or were absent: the United States with 313 million inhabitants; Israel with 7.4 million; Sweden with 9.5 million; Libya with 6.5 million; Marshall Islands with 67.100; Micronesia, 106.800; Palau with 20.900, the total comes to 336 million 948 thousand, equivalent to 4.8% of the world’s population which this month is at 7 billion.

Following voting, to explain their vote, Poland spoke on behalf of the European Union which, in spite of its close alliance with the United States and its forced participation in the blockade, is against that criminal measure.

Afterwards, 17 countries spoke, to resolutely and decisively explain why they voted for the Resolution against the embargo.

To be continued on Friday the 28th.

Fidel Castro Ruz

October 26, 2011

9:45 p.m.

NATO’s genocidal role (Part I and II)

NATO’s genocidal role (Part I)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

THIS brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious tool of repression known in the history of humanity.

NATO assumed this global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served as the U.S. pretext for its creation, disappeared. Its criminal purpose became obvious in Serbia, a country of Slavic origin, whose people heroically struggled against the Nazis during World War II.

 

In March of 1999, when the countries of this nefarious organization, in its efforts to break up Yugoslavia after the death of Josip Broz Tito, sent in troops to support the Kosovar secessionists, they met with strong resistance on the part of the country’s experienced forces which remained intact.

 

The yankee administration, advised by the right-wing Spanish government of José María Aznar, attacked Serbian television stations, bridges over the Danube River and Belgrade, the capital of the country. The embassy of the People’s Republic of China was destroyed by yankee bombs and several functionaries died. This could not have been any mistake, as those responsible alleged. A great number of Serbian patriots lost their lives. President Slobodan Miloševic, overwhelmed by the power of the aggressors and the disappearance of the USSR, submitted to NATO demands and allowed the presence of troops from this alliance within Kosovo, under United Nations command, which finally led to his political defeat and subsequent prosecution by the less than impartial court of The Hague. He died under mysterious circumstances in prison. Had the Serbian leader resisted a few more days, NATO would have faced a serious crisis which was about to erupt. The empire thus had more time at its disposal to impose its hegemony among the increasing number of subordinate members within the organization.

 

Between February 21 and April 27 of this year, I published, on the CubaDebate website, nine Reflections about the issues, in which I amply addressed the role of NATO in Libya and what, in my opinion, was going to happen.

 

I therefore find myself obliged to offer a summary of the essential ideas I presented and of the events which have occurred just as they were foreseen, given that a central figure in the story, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, was mortally wounded by NATO’s most modern fighter planes which intercepted and immobilized his vehicle, was captured alive and then assassinated by men armed by this organization.

 

His body was seized and exhibited as a war trophy, conduct which violates the most fundamental principles of Islamic norms and other religious beliefs around the world. It was announced that shortly Libya will be declared “a democratic state which defends human rights.”

 

I find myself obliged to devote several Reflections to these important and significant events.

 

I will continue tomorrow.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 23, 2011
6:10 p.m.

Translated by Granma International


 

 

 Havana.  October 25, 2011

 

REFLECTIONS OF FIDEL
NATO’s genocidal role  (Part II)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

A little more than eight months ago, on February 21 of this year, I affirmed with full conviction, “NATO’s plan is to occupy Libya.” Under this title I addressed the issue for the first time in a Reflection the content of which appeared to be pure fantasy.

 

I include in these lines the facts which led me to that conclusion.

 

“Oil became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world.”

 

“Current civilization was developed on the basis of this source of energy. Of the nations in this hemisphere it was Venezuela which paid the highest price. The United States made itself the owner of the vast oilfields which nature endowed upon that sister nation.

 

“At the end of the last World War it began to extract large volumes from oilfields in Iran, as well as those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Arab countries located around them. These came to be the principal suppliers. World consumption rose progressively to the fabulous figure of approximately 80 million barrels per day, including those pumped in U.S. territory, to which gas, hydro-electric and nuclear energy were subsequently added.”

 

“The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, totally unresolved, being endured by humanity: climate change.”

 

“In December of 1951, Libya became the first African country to attain its independence after World War II, during which its territory was the scene of significant battles between German and British troops…”

 

“Total desert covers 95% of its territory. Technology made it possible to find significant fields of excellent quality light oil, currently providing 800 billion barrels per day, and abundant natural gas deposits. [… ] Its harsh desert is located above an enormous lake of fossil water, equivalent to more than three times the land surface of Cuba, which has made it possible to construct a broad network of fresh water pipes which extends throughout the country.”

 

“The Libyan Revolution took place in September 1969. Its principal leader was Muammar al-Gaddafi, a soldier of Bedouin origin who was inspired in his early youth by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. Without any doubt, many of his decisions are associated with the changes that came about when, as in Egypt, a weak and corrupt monarchy was overthrown in Libya.”

 

“One can be in agreement with Gaddafi or not. The world has been invaded with all kind of news, especially through the mass media. We shall have to wait the time needed to discover precisely how much is truth or lies, or a mix of the events, of all kinds, which, in the midst of chaos, have been taking place in Libya. What is absolutely evident to me is that the government of the United States is totally unconcerned about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, possibly in a matter of hours or a few days.

 

“Those who, with perfidious intentions, invented the lie that Gaddafi was headed for Venezuela, as they did yesterday afternoon Sunday, February 20, today received a worthy response from Nicolás Maduro…”

“For my part, I cannot imagine the Libyan leader abandoning the country, eluding the responsibilities attributed to him, whether or not this news is partly or totally false.”

“An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any nation of the world, and the worst injustice, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.

 

“The chief of that military organization is being urged to do so. This must be condemned!”

 

At that early date I had taken note of what was absolutely obvious.

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, our Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez will be speaking in the United Nations headquarters denouncing the criminal United States blockade of Cuba. We shall be closely following this battle which will once again demonstrate the need to bring to an end, not only the blockade, but the system which engenders injustice on our planet, squanders its natural resources and is placing humanity’s survival at risk. We will pay special attention to Cuba’s arguments.

I will continue Wednesday the 26th.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 24, 2011
5:19 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

Statement from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five on the Release from Prison of René González

René González, one of the five men known as the Cuban Five, today will walk out of Federal Prison in Marianna, Florida. He will walk out with his head held high after more than 13 years in prison, having served his utterly unjust sentence with complete dignity. He has been a model prisoner, even while suffering the indignity of being inhumanely deprived visits from his wife for more than 11 years.

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Justice for the Five once again denied

RENÉ González Sehwerert, one of Cuba’s five anti-terrorist heroes, will be released from prison October 7 having served in full the brutal and unjust sentence he was given.

On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan A. Lenard denied a motion submitted by René on February 16, 2011 requesting that he be allowed to return to Cuba and be reunited with his wife, daughters and parents. He has been unjustly obliged to remain in the United States for three years of probation.

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IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

IMPORTANT VIEWS ABOUT THE BLOCKADE

66th UNGA

DRAFT RESOLUTION “NECESSITY OF ENDING THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL BLOCKADE IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST CUBA”.

 

  • For the twentieth consecutive occasion, on Tuesday, October 25th, Cuba will submit to the consideration of the UN General Assembly the draft resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

 

  • Last year, 187 member states voted in favor of this resolution, which is an irrefutable proof that the battle for the lifting of the blockade has the recognition and support of the vast majority of the international community.

 

  • The economic, commercial and financial blockade againstCubaremains in place and is further intensified despite the repeated and almost unanimous demand by the international community, particularly the United Nations General Assembly, for its elimination.

 

  • The measures taken by President Obama on the travel and remittances by Cuban émigrés do not change the complex framework of laws, regulations and provisions of the blockade policy againstCuba. Besides, US citizens are still prohibited from travelling toCuba, save very few exceptions and through very strict regulations.

 

  • As a result of the strict and fierce enforcement of these laws and other normative provisions,Cubacontinues to be unable to: freely export or import goods and services to or from theUnited States, use the US dollar in its international financial transactions, have bank accounts, in US dollars, in banks from third countries.

 

  • The extra-territorial application of the blockade has been extraordinarily reinforced, as proven by the strengthening of the sanctions and persecution against third countries’ citizens, institutions and companies that establish or intend to establish economic, commercial, financial or scientific and technical relations withCuba. Thus, theUSgovernment abrogates the right to decide on matters that are relative to the sovereignty of other States.

 

  • The effects of the blockade’s extraterritorial nature have particularly impacted on the monetary and financial sphere. In fact, the increased persecution ofCuba’s international financial transactions, included those coming from multilateral organizations for the cooperation with the island, has been one of the distinctive features in the implementation of the blockade policy under the currentUSadministration.

 

  • Also,Cubacontinues to be unable to have access to bank credits from banks in theUnited States, their subsidiaries in third countries and from international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

  • No blockade has ever been as far-reaching and brutal against a people as the one being implemented by theUnited Statesagainst the Cuban population for half a century. Due to its cruelty and impact, this policy may be defined as an act of genocide by virtue of item C of Article II of the 1948 Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

 

  • Despite the official rhetoric pretending to convince the international public opinion that the currentUSgovernment has introduced a policy of positive changes,Cubacontinues to be unable to trade with US companies in third countries. Likewise, entrepreneurs from third nations who are interested in investing inCubaare systematically threatened and included on black lists.

 

  • From March 2010 to April 2011, there were significant multi-million fines imposed to US and foreign banking institutions for engaging in operations connected in one way or the other with our country. These kinds of sanctions have a dissuasive effect and, in the case of banks in particular, entail breaking relations withCubaand/or forcing Cuban transactions to be made under more precarious conditions.

 

  •  The leaders of the most radical anti-Cuban groups in control of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs try to revert the flexibility measures on travel and the sending of remittances by citizens of Cuban-origin adopted by the government of President Obama, which would reinstate the policy in this matter to the restrictions imposed by former President Bush.

 

  • The blockade violates the International Law and is against the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. It is a transgression to the right of a sovereign State to peace, development and security and, in its essence and objectives, an act of unilateral aggression and a permanent threat against the stability of a country.

 

  • The blockade is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of a whole people. It infringes on the constitutional rights of theUSpeople by violating its freedom to travel toCuba. Given its extraterritorial nature, it violates the sovereign rights of many other States.

 

  • The direct economic damage to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba until December 2010 based on the current prices and calculated in a very conservative way, amount to over 104 thousand million dollars.

 

  • Taking into consideration the depreciation of the US dollar against the price of gold in the international financial market, which has been extremely high during 2010 and maintained an increasing trend, the damages cost to the Cuban economy would exceed 975 thousand million dollars.

 

  • The blockade continues to be an absurd, illegal and morally unsustained policy that has not succeeded and will never succeed in fulfilling the purpose of breaking the political will of the Cuban people to preserve its sovereignty, independence and right to self-determination. However, it causes shortages and needless suffering to the Cuban population, limits and restrains the development of the country and seriously damages the Cuban economy. It is the main hindrance toCuba’s economic and social development.

 

  • The President of theUnited Stateshas sufficient prerogatives to significantly modify the blockade againstCuba, even without the intervention of Congress.

 

  • The blockade is a unilateral and immoral policy which is rejected both within theUnited Statesand by the international community. The United States must lift it immediately and unconditionally.

 

  • Cuba kindly requests all governments committed to the norms of the multilateral trading system, to the freedom of trade and navigation and to the rejection of the extraterritorial application of a national law, to vote on Tuesday, October 25th, in favor of the draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, which demands the lifting of the Blockade.
Presentation of Cuba’s Report on UN General Assembly Resolution 65/6: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Statement on the further injustice against Rene Gonzalez and the Cuban Five

The Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or Amistad and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee together with all its allied and member organizations, condemn in the strongest possible terms the further injustice being undertaken by US imperialism against Rene Gonzalez and the continuing unjust incarceration of the rest of the Cuban Five.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez from solitary detention and into the arms of Florida-based self-confessed international terrorists such as Luis Posada Carilles is no real freedom and vindication for Compañero Rene. In fact, it is nothing but a death sentence for him, as he will be living side by side with counter-revolutionaries and terrorists who have made it their life’s work to ensure the destruction of the Cuban revolution and the elimination of Cuban patriots such as Rene.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez, including its unjust and absurd conditions is clear proof that US imperialism continues to hold the lives of the Cuban Five hostage to punish the Cuban people for choosing to be free from imperialist control from 1959 until today.

 

Their illegal detention subsists, despite insurmountable evidence that no crime had ever been committed against the American people and government. In fact, it is because of their revolutionary work that terrorist acts, objectionable to all of humanity, had been discovered, prevented and foiled.

 

What is clear, however, is that the real terrorists and traitors remain free, and protected even, by no less than the US government itself. Posada Carilles, after his unjust release from US custody, walks freely in the streets of the United States, despite clear and convincing proof that it was he who had masterminded the murder of all the passengers and crew in that fateful Cubana plane bombing in 1976.

 

Such an unjust policy on the Cuban Five had always been expected from the US government, which stands responsible for bloody military aggression against the Cuban people and other freedom-loving peoples of the world, and for condemning to decades of suffering the Cuban people in its political and economic blockade of the Republic of Cuba.

 

Nonetheless, international solidarity has been growing to secure the release of the Cuban Five and their return to Cuba, without any preconditions such as that imposed on Rene Gonzales. In the Philippines, AMISTAD and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee had been organizing forums and other activities to drumbeat support for the Cuban Five and press the US government to end the injustice being inflicted on the Cuban Five.

 

We demand the unconditional release of the Cuban Five by the Obama administration, and their immediate repatriation to Cuba! Repatriate Rene Gonzalez to Cuba now!

 

October 18, 2011