Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Massive Demonstration in Havana against the Bush Administration's Billboard Provocation




January 24, 2006

A massive demonstration that has been estimated at around one million persons took place today in Havana. Before his speech, President Fidel Castro labeled the U.S. government as "cockroaches."

The U.S. government has criticized Cuba for human rights violations. What a bunch of hypocrites! This comes from a government that has tortured people in Abhu Graib and Guantanamo naval base, which is occupied illegally against the wishes of the Cuban people.

In his message, the Cuban leader underlined Washington's obscure objectives in its new and dangerous anti-Cuban campaign, which he had discussed at a TV special address to the nation on Sunday evening.

Following is the full message: "Dear Comrades: "Before the march in front of the perfidious and provocative office of the Empire begins, I wish to reiterate what I said on Sunday at the end of my address to the heroic people of our beloved fatherland, to the noble people of the United States and the world public opinion: "The government of the United States is deliberately pursuing the following objectives: "First, the release of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who was trained by US authorities -- Bush Sr. included -- and used to perpetrate monstrous crimes against the Cuban people. Recruited in 1961, this repulsive character was trained to carry out special operations during the Bay of Pigs invasion. He and Orlando Bosch, officially pardoned by Bush Sr., subsequently received rigorous training to execute despicable acts of terrorism against Cuba. Likewise, he was given instruction to take part in Operation Condor, an international terrorist organization responsible for odious crimes against Latin American personalities. He is the mind behind the midair bombing of a Cubana de Aviacion's airliner, which claimed the lives of 73 people, off the coasts of Barbados, on October 6, 1976. Taken out of a Venezuelan prison by the CIA on August 18, 1985, he immediately became involved in the dirty war against Nicaragua, supplying weapons to the contras in El Salvador and shipping drugs to the United States. For over four decades, Luis Posada Carriles maintained close ties with US intelligence agencies, received financing from various administrations and was used by the Cuban American National Foundation in attempts to assassinate the Cuban head of state. Efforts by the current US President, and a pardon signed by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, finally secured his release from prison on August 26, 2004. Then, taken to a Central American country under protection from the US government, he was authorized to secretly enter the United States. Between March 18 and 20, 2005, he entered the country on the Santrina, a yacht captained by the notorious terrorist Santiago Alvarez, a man who, strangely enough, is also being held for weapons trafficking and gross violations of US national security laws. These are irrefutable facts.

"Second, the current US administration has utterly failed in its efforts to isolate and stifle Cuba economically. But it does not accept this failure, and grows ever more desperate.

"Third, the government of the United States has done everything in its power to please the Cuban American terrorist mafia, which resorted to fraud, in Florida, to put President George W. Bush in office.

"Fourth, President Bush and his administration have committed themselves to implementing a macabre transition plan in Cuba, an act of flagrant interference in the internal affairs of our country, which would return it to a state of backwardness.

"Fifth, the government of the United States has implemented every imaginable measure to deprive Cuba of completely legitimate sources of income. It has made it more difficult for people to send remittances to Cuba and even, callously, forbidden, or made it next to impossible, for Cuban-born US residents to visit their relatives on the island.

"Sixth, under pressure from the Cuban-American mob, and as one their next step, the government of the United States is intent on openly violating the US-Cuba Migratory Accords.

"Seventh: The government of the United States is looking for any pretext to prevent, at all costs, the sale of agricultural products to Cuba, which has been growing, while our country has paid every cent on time during five years, something it did not expect from a blockaded nation facing constant aggression.

"Eighth, the government of the United States, unhappy about President Carter's decision of May 30, 1977, is intent on breaking the minimal diplomatic links which exist between Cuba and the United States today. The gross acts of provocation of the US Interests Section in Havana do not and could not have a different objective.

"The Bush administration is well aware that no government on earth can tolerate such an affront to its dignity and sovereignty.

"Cuba's attitude, and its response to the empire's provocations, will be entirely peaceful, but we shall strike back with all the strength of our moral fortitude and we shall persist in our determination to fight to the death, against whatever act of belligerence of the restless and brutal empire that threatens us. Let no one for a minute forget the oath of Maceo, our Bronze Titan, when he said that whosoever attempts to take possession of Cuba shall conquer but the blood-soaked ground beneath his feet, if he does not first perish in battle.

"I will observe this march together with ardent pioneers and students who from the Anti-Imperialist Tribune cheer our valient and combatant people that will march today in front of that perfidious and provocative office as they will march against any agressor.

"Homeland or death! "We shall overcome!"

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