Representatives of Cuba’s murderous and repressive dictatorship visit Tampa, get VIP treatment and tour

They can dress it up all they want and use a plethora of euphemisms to describe it. The bottom line, however, is that representatives of Cuba’s murderous and repressive dictatorship, responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of innocents, the unjust imprisonment of hundreds of thousands, and the destruction of countless Cuban families were given a tour and VIP treatment by the city of Tampa.

And don’t even get me started on how they allowed these despicable agents of murder to desecrate the memorial to Cuba’s most famous liberator.

Via The Tampa Tribune:

Cuba delegation tours Ybor of revolutionary Martí

A statue of Jose Marti and an American flag is seen at the Parque Amigos De Jose Marti  in Tampa. A delegation from Cuba, in Tampa for rare talks on cross-Caribbean cooperation, slipped away for an hour to see the haunts of Jose Marti - the Cuban revolutionary who made Tampa his second home in the late 1800s. CHRIS URSO/STAFF

TAMPA Tampa has long shared cultural bonds with Cuba, from the mid-1800s when immigrants flocked here for work in the cigar industry to the food, music and traditions of today.

A quiet visit to Ybor City last week provided another reminder of the historic connection: A delegation from the island nation, in Tampa for rare talks on cross-Caribbean cooperation, slipped away for an hour to see the haunts of José Martí — the Cuban revolutionary who made Tampa his second home in the late 1800s.

Their tour guide Saturday morning was E.J. Salcines, retired state appellate court judge and a lifelong student of relations between Tampa and Cuba.

“We never once discussed anything political,” Salcines said. “This was about our common appreciation of history. Cuba’s history cannot be written without a chapter on Tampa and the history of Tampa cannot be written without many chapters on Cuba and the Cuban people. Martí is at the center of it all.”

The seven members of the Cuba delegation included Jesus Perz, secretary of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C., and Yuri Gala Lopez, former Cuban ambassador to Jamaica and current executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Havana.

The delegation was in town primarily for a multi-lateral workshop in St. Petersburg among Cuba, the U.S., Mexico, Bahamas and Jamaica on a response to any future oil spill in the Caribbean that crosses the host nation’s borders.

The members of the delegation are political heirs to the 1959 Communist revolution in Cuba, which led to a trade and travel embargo that continues to this day.

In seeking out Martí, they harkened to an earlier revolution — the Cuban War of Independence from 1895-1898 that ultimately drove Spain from the island and won Cuba its freedom from colonial rule.

Said Salcines, “I made sure to point out to the delegation they we have more busts and statues of Marti in Tampa than we do Washington or JFK.”

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2 thoughts on “Representatives of Cuba’s murderous and repressive dictatorship visit Tampa, get VIP treatment and tour”

  1. This is like treating a notorious pedophile as an honored guest, giving him a tour of various children’s facilities, and later saying “But we never once talked about sex.”

    Of course this is beyond offensive, disgraceful and disrespectful of Martí. Of course it’s a grotesque insult to his memory and all he fought and died for. Of course it’s an abomination. Alas, it’s also business as usual, and it’s hardly worse than the treatment Martí gets in his beloved Cuba. Still, if this Salcines person is so well versed in history, surely he knows how Martí felt about those who wanted to keep his country in chains and oppress its people, and how exquisitely scrupulous he was in matters of honor and dignity.

    For shame.

  2. The castro’s are a cancer upon earth, and I mean that literally. Their deadly poison has spread continuously all the days of their power, Cuba is in total ruin, and liberal fools everywhere willingly drink their potion in spite of the destruction all around. Look at degradation of civil society here, there are no morals, people dress as slobs, our institutions are compromised. We know from whom the radicals responsible for all these changes received their lessons. I could go on, and on, and on but you all know this. Nothing here is going to get properly fixed until the cancer is removed.

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