Today, John McCain is celebrating a fake holiday. And he is celebrating it in Florida, seeking the votes of right wing Cubans.
May 20 is no longer celebrated in Cuba today. It is a remembrance only to those who would seek to restore “made-in-USA-democracy” to the island. They live primarily in Miami and its suburbs.
The United States intervened in Cuba’s internal affairs in 1998, and occupied the island militarily on July 17, just about the same time when the criollos were about to get rid of Spain’s colonial yoke. U.S. military governors ruled the island from 1998 to 1902 and introduced the typical corruption of American capitalism.
Regarding the Spanish-Amerian War which the U.S. used to steal Cuba from its people through miliatary internvention, here are some interesting historical facts:
"The U.S. Congress had passed the Teller Amendment prior to the war, promising Cuban independence. However, the Senate passed the Platt Amendment as a rider to an Army appropriations bill, forcing a peace treaty on Cuba which prohibited it from signing treaties with other nations or contracting a public debt. The Platt Amendment was pushed by imperialists who wanted to project U.S. power abroad (this was in contrast to the Teller Amendment which was pushed by anti-imperialists who called for a restraint on U.S. hegemony). The amendment granted the United States the right to stabilize Cuba militarily as needed. The Platt Amendment also provided for the establishment of a permanent American naval base in Cuba; it is still in use today at Guantánamo Bay. The Cuban peace treaty of 1903 governed Cuban-American relations until 1934."
The new occupiers gave Cuba “independence” on May 20, 1902. It was a fake independence. The Yankees continued to rule the island through a string of hand picked puppets.
That all ended on January 1, 1959, when the last Yankee puppet, General Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar was overthrown by the Cuban Revolution which was very ably commanded by Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and many more valiant independence fighters.
Today, the Miami gusanos will celebrate that fake independence, with a Big Mac at the Big Five.