White House statement on Orlando Zapata Tamayo

And the Ladies in White:

THE WHITE HOUSE

March 24, 2010

Statement by the President on the Human Rights Situation in Cuba

Recent events in Cuba, including the tragic death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the repression visited upon Las Damas de Blanco, and the intensified harassment of those who dare to give voice to the desires of their fellow Cubans, are deeply disturbing.

These events underscore that instead of embracing an opportunity to enter a new era, Cuban authorities continue to respond to the aspirations of the Cuban people with a clenched fist.

Today, I join my voice with brave individuals across Cuba and a growing chorus around the world in calling for an end to the repression, for the immediate, unconditional release of all political prisoners in Cuba, and for respect for the basic rights of the Cuban people.

During the course of the past year, I have taken steps to reach out to the Cuban people and to signal my desire to seek a new era in relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba. I remain committed to supporting the simple desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future and to enjoy the rights and freedoms that define the Americas, and that should be universal to all human beings.

7 thoughts on “White House statement on Orlando Zapata Tamayo”

  1. “….instead of embracing an opportunity to enter a new era, Cuban authorities continue to respond to the aspirations of the Cuban people with a clenched fist.”

    …but didn’t I hear the same thing for years from tacky and insufferable people on Calle Ocho while Obama’s “Cuba Experts” scoffed down their nose at these nay-sayers and intransigents?

  2. Yeah. “I remain committed to supporting the simple desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future and to enjoy the rights and freedoms that define the Americas…” and “I plan to do not a damn thing.”

  3. This is all carrot and stick. Even though this does something, it won’t get him my vote. This regime is the biggest coddler of communists, tax cheats, terrorists, etc etc… (but only if they have a position in the government, and kiss Barry Soatoro’s butt.) It’s all part of the plan.

  4. Sorry but my view is that these words by our current POTUS are nothing but lip service.

    Barack Hussein Obama won’t do shit to help liberate Cuba.

    As far as I’m concerned he doesn’t mean a single word he stated above (if he did at least he would be taking some retaliatory actions against the Castro brothers as punishment for their behavior).

    This is just an act on the part of our current President in which he’s going along with playing the sympathy card for Orlando Zapata Tamayo and the Ladies in White as part of a game to conceal his real agenda.

    The truth is that this President would love to engage the Castro brothers in the first opportunity he could get.

    Unfortunately the present situation in Cuba is not currently favorable to Obama because if he would try to engage the Castro brothers he would end-up being totally discredited after what’s has been happening in Cuba lately.

  5. We anxiously await the following White House statement:

    “Well, turns out you blockheaded, intransigent Republican Cuban-Americans were EXACTLY right. My easing of travel sanctions and remittances to Castro’s regime did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to ameliorate the Castro regime’s repression–in fact it may have WORSENED it….so as Rosana-Rosanadana used to say: “Never mind!”

  6. They’ll never say that Humberto. They’ll never say that if it weren’t because of all the efforts Cuban-Americans exiles have made, throughout all these years, in exposing the Castro regime to the rest of the world, Cuba would have been forgotten a long time ago. Why so long you might ask? Because we have the MSM, Hollywood, The New York Times, Canada, Spain and practically the rest of the World preventing us from doing so. Tough task but we have managed. Tune in, we will continue, we are determined!

  7. News flash: The guy who wrote those words that made up this official statement of the President has just been removed from his job and made ambassador to a country of unknown origin and will never be heard from again. Only kidding.

    Humberto – Yes, PERFECT!

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