Upon his arrival in Chile for a meeting of Latin American and European leaders, Cuban dictator and despot, Raul Castro, was met by protestors and some members of Chile’s democratic government who take issue with Cuba harboring terrorists and the horrendous human rights record of Castro and his brother Fidel.
Castro accused in Chile of harboring terrorists
SANTIAGO, Chile — Cuban leader Raúl Castro landed in Chile on Friday to take center stage at a meeting of Latin American and European leaders but his visit will likely be overshadowed by Cuba’s human rights record and a controversy over whether his regime is harboring terrorists involved in a decades-old political assassination.On Thursday, more than 50 representatives of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI), the largest and most conservative party in the Chilean government, demonstrated outside the Cuban embassy and attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the embassy, but its gates remained shut.
The UDI has a long-standing score to settle with the Castro regime. The organization accuses Cuba of harboring at least four Chileans charged in connection with the assassination of Jaime Guzmán, a founder of the party and its guiding light. Guzmán, a Chilean senator, was shot and killed on April 1, 1991, as he left Santiago’s Catholic University.
His murder shocked Chile and threatened to overturn its fragile democracy. The country had returned to civilian rule just a year earlier after 17 years of military dictatorship.
Two members of the extreme-left Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front (FPMR) were arrested, tried and sentenced to life in prison for their roles in Guzmán’s murder. But in 1996, they staged a daring jailbreak.
One of escapees, Mauricio Hernández Norambuena, turned up in Brazil six years later where he was arrested for his part in the kidnapping of a businessman. He remains in a Brazilian prison, despite efforts by the Chileans to extradite him. The UDI believes the other fugitive, Ricardo Palma Salamanca, might be in Cuba along with four other FPMR members involved in Guzmán’s murder. The party has repeatedly sought information about them but the Castro regime has ignored their requests.
Of course, the Associated Press reported on this matter as well, but for the AP, the actual story is not the one about Cuban dictator Raul Castro harboring terrorists and violating human rights every single day on the island. The important story here is to do anything and everything it can to discredit the Chilean officials who dared to take a shot at their sacred cow, the Castro dictatorship.
You can read the AP’s tripe HERE.