PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Gallardo: China and Russia know, better than anyone, that the Castros are capricious and economically inept garbage. These aren’t...

  • asombra: Surrealism (the art movement) is highly overrated, not to say glorified kitsch. The same could be said of Dali, who wound up as...

  • asombra: Conchita, don’t underestimate the triple fraud ruling Cuba. He may be a whore, but whores don’t put out for free. He...

  • asombra: Those guayaberas probably came from Miami–assuming they weren’t made in China. By the way, for those of you in the...

  • La Conchita: That HUGE SUCKING SOUND you hear is Raulita doing the best Lewinsky servicing in back-to-back dates with Russian and Chinese...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

As Cuba calls on neighbors to treat citizens better, Cuban State Security violently quashes protest outside CELAC

It is one of those Cuban ironies we have witnessed time and time again and one that is for the most part, completely lost on or more likely, willfully ignored by the press and other world leaders. As Cuban dictator Raul Castro called on Latin American leaders attending the CELAC summit to treat their citizens better, the notoriously brutal, Stasi-trained State Security forces of the apartheid Castro dictatorship violently quashed an opposition protest outside the event.

Via Reuters:

Cuba challenges neighbors on poverty, then faces own critics

http://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20140129&t=2&i=833511409&w=&fh=&fw=&ll=700&pl=378&r=CBREA0S05A000

(Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro challenged Latin American leaders to show the political will to improve health care and education, then heard from his own critics after Cuban authorities stifled a protest outside the confines of a regional summit.

Castro's speech also listed a series of Latin American grievances that directly or indirectly involve the United States, attempting to unify the 33 countries at the summit against their neighbor to the north, which was not invited.

"We have every possibility to abolish illiteracy," Castro told leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). "We should have the political will to do it."

While Castro advised fellow leaders on how to manage their economies, Cuban dissidents and the United States admonished the Cubans for thwarting a protest.

Cuban dissidents were expected to raise issues of human rights at an ad hoc democracy forum at a park in central Havana, but were apparently foiled after complaining that Cuban authorities detained at least 40 activists in recent days as a part of a campaign of harassment before the summit.

With dissidents blocked from leaving their homes, only a smattering of state security agents were present where the forum was to have taken place.

"Critical voices are silenced during the CELAC summit: arrests, threats, mobiles cut," tweeted dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez.

Amnesty International criticized Cuba on Monday for its "campaign of repression against opponents and dissidents" and demanded they be allowed to demonstrate during the summit.

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday condemned reports of harassment and arrests of activists.

"Our message to world leaders visiting: meet with everyday Cubans and independent civil society to learn what's really happening and support democratic change," Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter.

Continue reading HERE.

1 comment to As Cuba calls on neighbors to treat citizens better, Cuban State Security violently quashes protest outside CELAC

  • asombra

    This whole affair is a screaming farce, and everyone knows it. It's not a question of protests being suppressed or not--it's all a blatant sham, period, just like the "revolution," and everyone knows that, too. The problem is that BS is obviously condoned, accepted, enabled and, therefore, "validated." Given such conditions, there's no way the BS is ever going to stop, certainly not of its own volition.