Billboards to Highlight Spanish Complicity in Cuban Exploitation
May 18, 2007, Miami, FL – The Spanish government is being denounced by Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty in a new advertising campaign aimed at educating the public about oppression in Castro’s Cuba.
The multimedia campaign, unveiled today, consists of bus shelter panels that target areas near the Spanish consulate and the Spanish Cultural Center, both in Coral Gables, Florida. An online component, launching today, will steer readers searching for certain information about Cuba and Spain to BUCL.org.
“This effort marks the first of several coordinated activities aimed at exposing those countries, companies and institutions that aid and abet the Castro regime in oppressing the Cuban people,” said Henry Gomez, the spokesman for Bloggers United for Cuban Freedom. Gomez continues:
“Spanish businesses are dealing directly with the Castro regime and are helping perpetuate Cuba’s totalitarian system by complying with that country’s unfair labor laws and enforcing an apartheid system in which Cubans are not allowed to use the same facilities as tourists. From the Spanish perspective, there is no reason to pursue change in Cuba, they are benefiting from exploitation of Cuban workers and would like to see the status quo perpetuated.”
The Socialist Spanish government of José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero has been leading an effort to normalize relations between the European Union and Cuba. Those relations have been strained since the Castro regime’s crackdown on and jailing of 75 dissidents and independent journalists in 2003. In April of this year, Spain’s foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos visited Cuba and met with Raul Castro, while noticeably snubbing Cuban dissidents that had requested a meeting with him.
“It’s important for the Spanish government and business interests to know that freedom-loving Cubans will not forget who conspired with the Castro brothers and against their liberty when the inevitable fall of the dictatorship comes,” said Val Prieto, editor of BabaluBlog.com and member of Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty.
Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty is a confederation of blogs and web sites that pool resources and ideas for use in campaigns that raise awareness of the Cuban reality.
Current campaign sponsors include: BabaluBlog.com; CubanAmericanPundits.com; BlogforCuba.typepad.com; Claudia4Libertad.com; jluix.com; TheRealCuba.com; the26thparallel.blogspot.com; CubaCompanioni.blogspot.com; LaContraRevolucion.blogspot.com; MarcMasferrer.typepad.com; TomasEstradaPalma4Today.blogspot.com; TrenBlindado.com; NelsonGuirado.com; Cubanology.com; AbajoFidel.blogspot.com; and albertodelacruz.com.