King of Spain offers vapid defense for human rights during visit to Cuba to avoid offending the Castro dictatorship

In a speech given during an official dinner in Havana with Cuba’s puppet president Miguel Diaz-Canel, Spain’s King Felipe VI offered a weak and vapid defense of human rights and democracy. Without naming the socialist Castro dictatorship directly, the Spanish royal brought up democracy and respect for human rights in a vague enough fashion as to not offend his hosts (via El Pais):

The speech – the most important of Felipe VI’s state visit to Cuba – was made during an official dinner at the Captains General Palace in Havana. The Spanish royals put on the event for Cuban authorities after Díaz-Canal invited them to dine at the headquarters of the Council of State on Tuesday. During his talk, Felipe VI underscored the need for institutions to “represent the diverse and plural reality” of society, and to respect the rights of citizens, including the right “to freely express their ideas, freedom of association and assembly.”

Díaz-Canel promised Spanish businesses a “relevant participation” in Cuba’s development plans until 2030

The king used the 1978 Spanish Constitution as a model, arguing it was “based on agreement, negotiation, consensus and reconciliation,” and said it had allowed Spain to see its “best years as a fully democratic country.”

“From this Constitution and from our very history, Spaniards have learned that human rights, freedom and the dignity of people and the interests of our citizens are best represented and defended in a democracy,” he added.

Considering the king’s embrace of the murderous Castro dictatorship and Spain’s continued support of their oppressive regime, the royal’s anemic statement rings hollow. Even more so when you take into account the statement was cleared beforehand with the Cuban dictatorship:

The words of both heads of state were carefully chosen to ensure there was no disagreement. The king used the verb “accompany” to describe Spain’s support for the transformation Cuba is undergoing, “in respect” of Cuba’s own decisions. But while Felipe VI spoke about political changes towards a democratic, pluralistic regime that respects basic rights, the Cuban president appeared to focus solely on economic reforms.

Sources from the Spanish government admitted that the king could not visit Cuba without making a call in favor of democracy, and that this plea went as far as what Cuban authorities were willing to allow. Díaz-Canel did not seem upset by the king’s speech. Indeed, he applauded Felipe VI and thanked him for Spain’s “clear and public support” against the “unfair” US sanctions that “cause so much hurt” to the Cuban people. Díaz-Canel also commended the “loyalty and commitment” of Spanish businesses, threatened by US sanctions, and he promised the latter a “relevant participation” in Cuba’s development plans until 2030.

It remains a mystery why heads of state and kings continue to prostrate themselves before Cuba’s tinpot dictatorship to be humiliated in front of the entire world.

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  1. This was a pre-approved (by Castro, Inc.) to make the king look good and make the Castro regime look “tolerant” and “reasonable,” knowing full well the speech would go in one ear of the dictatorship and out the other as if it had never been given. This is exactly the same thing Obama did during his Cuba visit, which meant nothing and changed nothing (same as Obama’s meeting with dissidents, which was just for show). In other words, this was a cynically hollow performance, what Cubans call un montaje, with both sides fully aware it was just diplomatic theater.

    What really matters is the new money the king, on behalf of Spain, has pledged to pump into Cuba (some 57 million euros) and the continued collaboration of numerous Spanish business interests on the island, along with Spanish support against any Trump-type measures and Spanish advocacy in general for the Castro regime at the EU level. But yes, the usual suspects will praise this “noble gesture” to the skies, not to mention the eternal useful idiots (including Cuban idiots).

    Trying to wash one’s hands to have it both ways is a very old trick, at least as old as Pontius Pilate, and I’m afraid it just won’t wash. To put it in Spanish, A otro perro con ese hueso, and to put it in Cuban, No me jodas, que yo no soy tarado ni comemierda.

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