In a meeting today with Brazilian legislators, Yoani Sanchez called for the end of U.S. sanctions against the criminal Castro dictatorship and the release of five Cuban spies currently serving sentences in the U.S. for espionage and the murder of four innocent Americans.
It is not a surprise Yoani Sanchez would call for the end of sanctions; that has always been her position and personally, I support her right to express that opinion as misinformed and incorrect as it is. But I find it quite disturbing and distasteful that with less than a week away from the anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down, she would be advocating and lobbying for the unconditional release of the five Cuban spies behind the murder of four innocent human rights activists shot down by Cuban MiGs over international waters.
Even more disturbing is her reasoning…
Yoani Sánchez calls for the release of the five Cuban spies and the end of the embargo
Brazilian lawmakers from almost all political parties welcomed her and some predicted that it would not be long before the blogger would take political “command” of Cuba in the future(Foto: @LidPSDBsenado Twitter oficial da Liderança do PSDB no Senado Federal)
Today, blogger Yoani Sanchez asked for the end of the economic embargo of the U.S. against Cuba in front of Brazilian senators. “The embargo should end now, as soon as possible,” she said. At the same time, she expressed that she was in favor of the release of the five Cuban spies currently serving prison sentences in the U.S. so the Cuban government will stop spending money on its campaign to have them returned to the island.
Regarding the embargo
“… My position regarding the blockade is that it should end now, as soon as possible. It is not only my position now, but it has always been my position. In every interview and in every place I have been asked I have always responded the same way. What is my opinion that I believe it should end? There are other opinions, which I respect. Because it is a policy of interference that wants to change an internal situation within another country. Secondly, because it has not worked if its original intent was to create popular unrest so the people would take to the streets and change the totalitarian government. It has not worked. As a form of pressure, it is a failure. The third reason – and these are not in order of importance – it should be ended as soon as possible is because today it is the fundamental excuse the Cuban government uses to explain the failure of the economy as well as political and social repression.”
Regarding the five Cuban Spies
“In regards to the five members of the Interior Ministry who are imprisoned in the U.S., we must make very clear that there was not just five of them. The Wasp spy network was a network made up of a dozen individuals. This is very important to know because the rest of them testified during the trials, admitted guilt, and from the 12 persons, only five are in prison. In reality, however, the network was bigger. The amount of money that my country’s government is spending on its campaign of trips all over the world, advertising in the international press in a campaign for the five members of the Interior Ministry, the amount of hours wasted in schools talking about those five people, in the interest of this ending, they should be released. I am worried about the treasury of my country and would prefer they be liberated and see if we can save some money because there are more important matters to deal with.”
Read Punt de Vista’s entire report (in Spanish) HERE.