From our Bureau of Unexpected Bofetadas
Something unusual happened yesterday when a resolution to condemn Castro, Inc. passed by a narrow vote margin. This event is somewhat unusual, due to the high number of leftists in that assembly.
Castro, Inc. has always depended on European nations to support it and keep it afloat. Does this vote mean that things are about to change? Not likely. The number of parliamentarians who sided with Castro, Inc. on this vote is still huge. In a truly just and sane world, the vote should have been unanimous.
But this vote is a nice bofetada, or slap in the face. Castro, Inc. hardly ever receives what it truly deserves.
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias
The European Parliament condemned this Wednesday the human rights violations in Cuba against protesters, religious leaders, activists and independent artists and demanded sanctions against Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The resolution, presented by the Popular (center-right), Conservatives and Reformists (radical right), and Renew Europe (liberal) groups, went ahead with 359 votes in favor, 226 against, and 50 abstentions. They were opposed by Socialists, Greens and Communists.
In addition to condemning the repression, the European Parliament assured that, “despite the time that has elapsed since the entry into force” of the Political Dialogue Agreement, “the situation of absence of democracy and freedoms in Cuba has not improved at all”, but rather , on the contrary, “has gotten worse”.
The resolution calls for the “immediate and unconditional release” of those detained for exercising their rights, that abusive criminal charges be dropped, and that exiles be allowed to return to the country.
Likewise, it condemns the “recourse to torture and ill-treatment by the Cuban authorities” and stresses that the human rights crisis in Cuba “must find a proportional response from the Union and the Member States, in order to deal with to the scope and seriousness of the situation”.
As expected, the European Parliament called for sanctions against those responsible for the violations, “starting with Miguel Díaz-Canel, as a pre-eminent figure in the chain of command of the Cuban security forces, together with other senior officials of the Cuban Government.”
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