“Cuban Civil Society has Nothing to Discuss with Mercenaries”

Photo: Juvenal Balán

Shortly after touching down at the Panamá Pacífico International Airport, a former U.S. military base recovered in an act of national sovereignty, the Cuban delegation to the parallel forums of the 7th Summit of the Americas, laid out the principles which will guide our country’s only legitimate and genuine representation at the regional event. In a public statement the Cuban delegates deemed the presence in Panama of mercenaries paid by the historic enemies of our nation as unacceptable.

Responding to a question from the press about what the situation will be like in the thematic forums starting tomorrow, one of the Cuban representatives stated that under no circumstances will they engage in a dialogue with the counter-revolution.

“We have nothing to discuss with them,” Indira Fajardo Martínez, national president of the José Martí Brigade of Art Instructors, noted. “We cannot compromise our ethics and humanity by engaging with violence and terrorism.

You can not negotiate with treachery,” added Rigoberto Fabelo, director of the Community Initiatives Center, one of our civil society organizations participating in the parallel forums to the Summit of the Americas. In the University of Panama’s theatre, where the press conference was held, a tabloid style fact sheet with details and evidence of the links of some of these mercenaries to terrorists of Cuban origin was presented.

The main photo on the front page of the paper shows one of the alleged human rights activists in Cuba, Guillermo Fariñas, posing with Luis Posada Carriles, the very same man who attempted to blow up the University of Panama’s Paraninfo Auditorium with C-4 plastic explosives during an event attended by 3,000 people, among them, the Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro. Odalys Pérez González, whose father was one of the passengers on board the Cubana de Aviación airplane which was blown-up mid-flight in 1976, on orders from Posada and other members of the Miami mafia, spoke in the name of the more than 4,000 victims of terrorism perpetrated against our country.

The families of the 73 civilians who died that day are still awaiting justice, Pérez González said, who was barely 10 years old when the attack occurred. “We feel offended that they are representing a Cuba which still weeps for its victims.” Another journalist asked about the position of Cuban civil society regarding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington. “We support the improvement of relations,” explained one of the delegates.

The indignation we feel came after learning that a group of mercenaries, who oppose the improvement of relations between the two countries, were accredited to participate in this event, José Antonio Guardado, member of the National Board of Cuban Society for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources stated. Guardado highlighted that Cuba isn’t perfect, but that it is also unacceptable to come to an international event to discuss issues which only concern Cubans.

Yosvani Montano, president of the Federation of University Students, expressed our country’s unconditional support for Venezuela and rejected the executive order issued by Barack Obama labeling the South American nation a threat to U.S. national security.

He added that the counter-revolutionaries’ agenda not only includes discrediting the Cuban reality, but also the Latin American and Caribbean left. Reverend Raúl Suárez, member of the Cuban Council of Churches, stressed that the U.S. decree does not reflect the interests of the peoples of our region, declared a Zone of Peace during the 2nd CELAC Summit, held in Havana.

“This is the reason why no Latin American government supported President Obama, not one. It is possible that some may have remained silent, but in a general sense all supported the Venezuelan people’s right to undertake the social and political project that they have chosen.”

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless,” the Reverend quoted from the Bible.

Suárez continued with an assessment of the Cuban people, who have resisted an inhumane and anti-Christian blockade. “A people who talk nineteen to the dozen, but who have not let themselves be confused.” (Granma)

Written by Sergio Alejandro Gómez, periodico26.cu

April 8, 2015

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