[Marxism] Cuba's Castro calls for protest at U.S. mission By Marc Frank

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Jan 22 18:15:07 MST 2006


Cuba's Castro calls for protest at U.S. mission 
By Marc Frank, January 22, 2006

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro accused the United
States on Sunday of trying to torpedo relations and harboring
Cuban-born terrorists, then called a protest in front of the U.S.
diplomatic mission for Tuesday.

Castro, in a three-hour televised appearance, charged that a huge
electronic ticker tape mounted across the fifth floor of the U.S.
diplomatic mission in downtown Havana aimed to end minimal relations
under which each country maintains Interests Sections in the other's
capital.

The two countries, bitter foes since Castro came to power in a 1959 
revolution, do not have formal diplomatic relations and the United 
States has maintained a trade embargo against the Communist-run 
nation since 1962.

"The U.S. government ... is deliberately trying to force a rupture in
the actual diplomatic relations," Castro charged.

"The gross provocation by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana can
have no other purpose. ... They know no government in the world could
allow it," he said, noting his government's diplomatic protests had
been ignored.

For a week the ticker tape has flashed human rights messages and
calls for democracy by various personalities, including leaders of
east-European revolts against Communism such as former Polish
President Lech Walesa and Czech leader Vaclav Havel, along with news,
in nine-foot high crimson letters.

Cuba purchases around $400 million worth of food for cash each year
from the United States under a 2000 amendment to the trade embargo.

Castro said he was taking measures to insure food supplies were not
interrupted, without explaining further.

Castro also charged a Tuesday immigration hearing for Cuban-born
(Luis) Posada Carriles was aimed at granting him conditional parole.

Posada, 77, has been held by the United States since May for
illegally crossing the border into Texas from Mexico.

Posada is wanted by Cuba and Venezuela, where he is a citizen, for a
string of bombings and other attacks against Cuban targets, including
the blowing up of a Cuban commercial airliner in 1976, killing all 73
people aboard, and bombings of Cuban hotels and night spots in the
late 1990s.

The United States has said Posada will not be extradited to either
country and has refused to charge him with any other crimes.

"On January 24, when the status of the ferocious terrorist will be
reviewed, the people of the capital will march with all their
exemplary revolutionary discipline and unity in front of the
interests Section of the fraudulent and bastardly government of
George W. Bush," Castro said.






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