Spain’s foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos continues the charade that his government, the Cuban regime, and the Catholic church have been carrying out for the past few weeks. According to headlines, he is in Cuba right now to press the Cuban dictatorship to release political prisoners so that Guillermo Fariñas can end his hunger strike and avoid death.
In a display that is carefully choreographed, Moratinos has arrived in Havana and he will quickly meet with almost everyone in Cuba except, of course, Fariñas or any of the political prisoners.
It is quite amazing that the Spanish government’s foreign minister can arrive in Cuba with the purported mission of saving Guillermo Fariñas from death and not find any time whatsoever to meet with Fariñas himself. He has time, though, to meet with Bruno Rodriguez, Cardinal Ortega, and he is more than willing to carve out an hour or two to meet with Raul Castro.
All Moratinos can offer the person who is the supposed reason for his visit is to have his people contact Fariñas people, as the AFP reports.
Moratinos is to hold talks with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, and the archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega. But a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro “is not yet confirmed,” the Spanish foreign ministry has said.
While Moratinos is not scheduled to meet with Farinas, the Spanish diplomat told a news conference Monday that his delegation would be in touch with the dissident’s entourage “and will express our conviction that the best thing for everyone would be for him to end this hunger strike.
It is amazing to see how much trouble nations and churches are going to in order to help the Cuban dictatorship carry out this charade.