Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same
When many comrades refer to the infamous speech of Donald Trump on June 16, they apparently do not consider that Obama and all presidents that preceded them maintained the policy of trying to destroy the Cuban Revolution and that, within that policy, many times referred to different aspects that are part of the propaganda against Cuba, trying to damage our image by referring to what they call “political prisoners”, “lack of freedoms”, including religious, violations of “human rights”, non-existence of “free elections” and a whole series of fallacies and fabrications.
I think that all those speeches were infamous, some pronounced using the siren songs to try to deceive us about the danger of them and others clumsier and less stylish, trying to use the roar of the lion to infuse fear. Both are against the determination of our people.
To substantiate what I say, I will cite some pronouncements of Barack Obama, expressed in a style different from that of Trump, but whose content is the same.
Caracol Magazine, Colombia, September 22, 2007
The freedom of the people of Cuba is a matter of national interest to the United States.
I believe that we must put pressure on the government of Raul Castro and its members to release political prisoners and create political freedom, press, expression…
Speech in Havana March 22, 2016
So let me tell you what I believe. I cannot force them to agree, but they must know what I think.
I believe that every person should be equal under the law.
Each child deserves the dignity that comes with education, health and food on the table and a roof over their heads.
I believe that citizens should be free to express their ideas without fear, to organize themselves, to criticize their government and to protest peacefully, and that the rule of law should not include random arrests of those who use those rights.
I believe that each person should be free to practice his faith in a peaceful and public way.
And, yes, I believe that voters should choose their governments in free and democratic elections.
Visit to Miami. Press coverage November 2015
El País (Obama meets in Miami with Cuba’s internal dissidents)
The New Herald (First meeting of the president with Cuban opponents: Obama meets in Miami with Guillermo Farinas and Berta Soler)
EFE – Jorge Mas Santos, president of the Cuban American National Foundation, said that, at the meeting he had organized, Obama had had a long interview with Cuban dissidents, giving a strong signal of support from the White House to the opposition
As I said at the beginning, they are all the same and I also add that they all have the same purpose: to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
Dr Néstor García Iturbe