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5/22 - Protest in Support of Cuba - 5:30 pm @ Park St. Sta. (english)
20 May 2003
Say No to US Aggression Against Cuba!
Protest at Park St. Sta., Boston
Thursday, May 22
Say No to US Aggression Against Cuba!
Protest at Park St. Sta., Boston
Thursday, May 22

This protest will take place only two days after
Bush speaks in Miami announcing a new round of
hostile and aggressive measures against Cuba and
is part of a series of demonstrations that will
take place throughout the country.
It is important that at this moment of increased US
hostility towards Cuba that we show solidarity with
the Cuban people. Over the past three weeks over
5,500 people have signed the statement of solidarity
with Cuba that was initiated by A.N.S.W.E.R. -
For info: 617-522-6626
ANSWERboston (at)
A Statement from A.N.S.W.E.R.

To the anti-war and peace movement of the United States and
the world:

Intense developments regarding U.S.-Cuba relations have
taken place in recent weeks. The Bush administration has
raised hostilities against Cuba to a new level. There are
growing signs that Bush is trying to provoke a new crisis
and possible war against Cuba.

Tens of thousands of U.S. troops occupy the length and
breadth of Iraq, securing the oil fields and leaving the
country in ruins.
The beleaguered Iraqi people are suffering miserable
conditions under occupation.

The Bush administration could be prepared to launch new
aggression against any country, including those already
named as targets, Iran, Syria, North Korea, or Cuba.

The U.S. State Department on April 30 issued its annual
list of "state sponsors of terrorism," including Cuba,
along with Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

Cuba denounced the list as politically motivated and which
creates "favorable conditions for a possible military

Part of Cuba's response said, "The Cuban government
energetically rejects, once again, the infamous inclusion
of our country on this unilateral and spurious list ... Our
country has firmly and decidedly opposed the wars against
Afghanistan and Iraq and the new Nazi-fascist doctrine (of
preemptive war) that the United States is attempting to
impose on the world." The full statement is available on

During the days of May 19-21, we urgently suggest the
following actions be taken, in whole or in part, depending
on your organization's capacity and the specific situation
in your locality.

These dates are suggested, because it is expected that on
May 20, Bush will announce possible new measures that would,
if implemented, create more hardships for the Cuban people,
such as cutting off Cuban-Americans' right to send
remittances to their families in Cuba. Bush's spokespersons
have also hinted that he may cancel direct charter flights
between the U.S. and Cuba. He has already cancelled the
provision of travel licenses for cultural exchange between
the two countries. There may very well be other anti-Cuba
measures adopted.

Why is Bush speaking on Cuba May 20? It is a date that
annually, every U.S. president since Eisenhower (from the
time of the 1959 revolution) has used to declare or
re-affirm anti-Cuba policies.

May 20 is considered by U.S. historians to be the date of
the so-called Cuban independence in 1902, but it is
regarded in Cuba as the beginning of the "Pseudo-Republic,"
when the U.S. military occupation after the
Spanish-American(-Cuban) war ended only with the imposition
of the Platt Amendment in the U.S.-authored Cuban
constitution. The Platt Amendment guaranteed the U.S.
the right to intervene militarily at any time it saw fit,
and the right to establish military bases. This is how
Guantanamo U.S. military base was established in Cuba. May
20 is an ignominious date which the Cuban-American
right-wing in Miami celebrates in Cuban history.

Last year, May 20, George W. Bush issued a harsh statement
against Cuba, although at that time he took no significant
He spoke at the White House in the morning and then flew
immediately to Miami, surrounded by extremist right-wing
Cuban-Americans, to give them encouragement in their
anti-Cuba and terrorist activities.

This May 20 it is expected that Bush will use the
opportunity to unveil new hostile moves against Cuba.

Therefore, it is important that timely public actions
be held across the U.S. and other countries to reject
this latest Bush move, and to show the world that Cuba
has support.

Ideas for action May 19-21 in your area could include
1.) Hold a public forum to explain the facts behind the
new U.S. hostility and Cuba's actions to defend itself;
2.) Organize a press conference May 20, after Bush
announces his new policies, or May 21 (any later and it
loses news relevancy for coverage) to expose their real
intent and protest this new aggression.
3.) Hold a picketline or protest at an appropriate place
to denounce Bush's aggression against Cuba.
4.) It is important to remember the other relevant issues,
the need to lift the blockade, the right for people of
the U.S. to travel to Cuba, and freedom for the Cuban Five,
in addition to exposing the U.S. violation of the migration
accord by not issuing the agreed-upon 20,000 entry visas
to the U.S. per year.
5.) Help distribute two important statements, and sign onto:
a. The ANSWER statement, In Defense of Cuba. Over 3,500
people have already joined in. That link is:
b. A Latin American statement for cultural artists and
intellectuals is also being distributed. It is:

If you would like more information, the following are some
talks and presentations by Cuban leaders, that explain more
fully the current situation. They are insightful and expose
the facts behind the latest U.S. hostilities toward Cuba,
and Cuba's position regarding their self-defense.

One is the speech of Cuban President Fidel Castro at the
May Day march in Havana's Revolution Square. It is
accessible at:

Another is the press conference held by Cuban Foreign Minister
Felipe Perez Roque on April 9, about the trials of the 75
people convicted of being agents for the U.S. government. It
is available in PDF format on:

An important speech was also given by Cuba's President of the
National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon, on May 2, at the
Solidarity Conference, in Havana's Convention Center. We
will send the transcript out as soon as it is available.

Issued by A.N.S.W.E.R., Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
31 Germania St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617 522-6626
email: ANSWERBoston (at)
Volunteers Meetings every Friday 6:30 PM
International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
See also:
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