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Subject: Re: Cuba Travel Advisory from the Wall Street Journal
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 22:24:33 EDT
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 21:38:00 -0500
The decision to free up travel to Cuba was not made in the interests of the
people of Cuba, and certainly not their freedom, nor the interests of
American citizens. It was made because of pressure from the "Ruling Class"
Merchants who control our elected officials. Aparently they pay more, than
the salaries, we give our elected officials!
"Pedro Martori" wrote in message
> Subject: Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 8:18 PM
> REVIEW & OUTLOOK
> FRom The Wall Street Journal
> Cuba Travel Advisory
> Just before it went on vacation, the House of Representatives
> voted to lift
> the ban on American travel to Cuba; this may soon be followed by
> the Senate.
> Lawmakers still have to overcome a promised Presidential veto but
> possibility is growing. If it does happen, we hope Americans who
> visit Cuba
> will pause to think about Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, a
> 37-year-old blind
> lawyer now in Fidel Castro's slammer for his peaceful human
> rights work.
> Mr. Gonzalez is a devout Christian who heads up Cuba's
> Fraternity for the Blind and the Cuban Foundation for Human
> Rights. He has
> long been the target of government, and by extension
> paramilitary, animosity
> -- as are most dissenters in Fidel's police state. The Coalition
> Cuban-American Women says that he has been kidnapped and
> abandoned in remote
> areas more than once.
> In March Mr. Gonzalez took up a peaceful protest with nine other
> rights activists to call attention to the beating of an
> journalist. For this he was beaten with a gun butt and arrested.
> His wife
> says that he and seven of the other protesters are being held in
> prisons far
> from their homes and are being physically and psychologically
> Mr. Gonzalez has been stripped of his cane and his Braille
> Bible. His wife
> also says that he spent three days in one of the tiny cells that
> prisoners call "the drawer." This horrible form of torture is
> in Armando Valladares's "Against All Hope." She says he has been
> told that if
> he cooperates, his conditions will improve.
> We support lifting the U.S. travel ban, as a way to expose
> Cubans to the
> rest of the world. But lifting the ban shouldn't mean lifting the
> pressure on
> the Castro regime to let Mr. Gonzalez and his hundreds of
> cellmates go free.
> Updated August 6, 2002
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