From our Bureau of Meaningful Encounters with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Gourmet Adventures
Castro, Inc’s ambassador to the U.S. took an illegal trip to Tampa to drum up business with some of the city’s many Castronoids, but a visit to a French restaurant brought her face to face with some unhappy Cubans.
The diplomat’s bodyguards tried to bring the confrontation to a quick end, but failed, and now there is a video recording of this reverse act of repudiation.
Ha. If only events like this could happen more often.
Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba:
A group of Cuban exiles in Tampa confronted this Friday the regime’s ambassador to the US, Lianys Torres Rivera, who was preparing to meet with local politicians at the French restaurant Mise en Place, according to a video published by the AméricaTevé channel, from Miami.
The call for attention to the diplomat was an initiative of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance. It starred Roberto Pizano, a former political prisoner who served 18 years in Castro’s prisons, and his son Raphael Pizano, a veteran of the US Armed Forces.
In the video you can see how these two Cubans rebuke the ambassador, who at no time shows her face. Several men try to keep the protesters away from Torres Rivera. One of them even tries to cover the cell phone camera recording the incident with his hand.
“Ambassador, say something to the camera, please! Have a face, our families are suffering!” says one of the exiles.
Roberto Pizano questions one of the guards who won’t let him get close to the diplomat: ”How do you bring the representative of a murderous regime here? Do you know how many years I was in a prison in Cuba? 18 years. But those HP had sentenced me to death!”, says the exile.
After a few very tense minutes, the Cubans left the restaurant and Raphael Pizano expressed: ”There you have the Cuban ambassador, eating deliciously here (…). They did not face us, but we did stand up for our exile and our political prisoners. While the people of Cuba are starving, she is eating a delicious chop in a French restaurant”.
”We are going to see here in Florida why they let this lady come. There is a law that does not allow the regime’s ambassadors to move beyond 50 miles and that is being violated,” said Roberto Pizano.
It is not the first time that Torres Rivera has visited South Florida. In June of last year, journalist Mario J. Pentón announced that the diplomat had secretly visited the city of Miami in May, to meet with businessmen and figures related to travel and shipments to Cuba.
Continue reading HERE in Spanish