[Marxism] Cuba: Euro. "Lawmakers" get their marching orders...

davidquarter at sympatico.ca davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Fri May 20 10:45:04 MDT 2005


[Now who's being overly sensitive here? See: 

1) RESOLUTION 

http://commonsensewonder.com/mtarchives/week_2004_09_12.shtml

2) OVERTHROW CASTRO 

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/985113/posts

3) HAVEL and KARL S. BEDfellas...
 
http://www.czechembassy.org/wwwo/?id=28280&ido=14767&idj=2&amb=1&prsl=tru
e&pocc1=7

4)  U.S. INTERESTS SECTION...


http://www.iacenter.org/iraqchallenge/protest.htm


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050520/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cuba_dissident_assemb
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By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 53 minutes ago 
HAVANA - Cuba deported two European lawmakers who planned to attend a mass 
gathering of dissidents Friday that already was troubled by infighting among 
opponents to 
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Fidel Castro and the reported harassment of some participants. {PRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT="}
Several years in the planning, Friday's general meeting of the Assembly for the 
Promotion of Civil Society in Cuba was designed to bring together dissidents from 
on and off the island to discuss plans for democratic reforms after more than 40 
years under Castro, the world's longest-ruling leader.
While Castro has not commented publicly on the meeting, earlier this week he 
compared the dissidents, whom he calls "mercenaries," to militant Cuban exiles he 
accuses of being terrorists.
Authorities escorted Czech Senator Karel Schwarzenberg and German lawmaker 
Arnold Vaatz from their hotel to the airport Thursday afternoon. "This is typical 
behavior of a totalitarian state," Schwarzenberg told The Associated Press from his 
cell phone as his flight was about to leave for Paris. "I did nothing against the law. 
They just didn't like the people I was visiting. I'm sure it's in connection with the 
assembly."
Schwarzenberg served as a chancellor under former Czech President Vaclav 
Havel.
Earlier in the week, authorities refused entry to Polish lawmakers Boguslav Sonik 
and Jacek Protasiewicz, members of the 
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European Union assembly's conservative European People's Party who planned to 
attend the assembly.
Still, diplomats from numerous foreign missions in Havana, including the U.S. 
Interests Section, planned to attend the gathering to be held in the back yard of a 
prominent dissident's home in Havana.
Castro accuses the U.S. Interests Section of bankrolling the opposition on the island 
” a charge Washington denies.
Several dozen volunteers were finishing work Thursday on veteran dissident Felix 
Bonne's yard, where the meeting was planned. Concrete had been poured and 
bathrooms were built to accommodate a crowd.
"The assembly could be held right now," Carlos Raul Jimenez of the Nationalist 
Agenda Movement said from the site.
Assembly organizers expected about 500 participants Friday, he said.
It still was not known, however, if the Castro government would allow the meeting to 
be held. The government also has not commented directly on the deportations and 
denials of entry in the cases of the European lawmakers.
In a separate setback, the Christian Liberation Movement, led by internationally 
known dissident Oswaldo Paya, said in a communique it would not attend an event 
organized by the rival dissident group. The movement issued a statement calling 
the gathering "a big fraud against the opposition."
The communique accused Martha Beatriz Roque and other assembly organizers of 
working in concert with Cuban state security members and with the support of 
Miami-based exiles to the benefit of Castro's government. Paya and Roque long 
have been at odds.
Telephone calls by the AP seeking comment from Roque and fellow assembly 
organizer Rene Gomez were not returned Thursday.
Some other dissidents, including several dozen relatives of political prisoners, said 
in recent days they would not attend the assembly for fear of new arrests.
Roque complained last week that numerous dissidents from Cuba's interior had 
been summoned to appear at their local police stations the same day as the 
assembly, and dissidents on Cuba's Isle of Youth were told by authorities they could 
not travel to Havana for the meeting.
In comparing the dissidents to terrorists, Castro this week mentioned old foe Luis 
Posada Carriles, who was charged by U.S. immigration authorities Thursday with 
illegally entering the United States, where he had applied for political asylum. 
Venezuela is seeking his extradition for alleged involvement in the 1976 bombing of 
a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. 
Castro complained that while Posada lived in Miami, the United States was funding 
groups dedicated to subverting his government. 
"This is the empire's answer: money to foment destabilization," he said. 
An EU spokesman said the denial of entry to Polish lawmakers would be studied 
when member states review relations with the island in June. Cuba-EU relations 
have been tense since a March 2003 roundup of 75 dissidents, including Roque. 
She is among 14 in the original group since freed on medical parole. 

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