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Castro leads Havana march against U.S. provocations
by LILLIAM RIERA
Email: informascion (nospam) granmai.cip.cu
24 Jan 2006
Said Castro, "Nobody should forget for one second that magnificent promise of General Antonio Maceo: 'Whomsoever tries to seize Cuba will come away with the dust of its blood-soaked soil, if he does not perish in the attempt.'"
Fidel heads the march against fresh provocations from the US government
BY LILLIAM RIERA
Granma International staff writer—
HAVANA -- President Fidel Castro today headed a peaceful march of more than one million capital residents along Havana’s Malecón in repudiation of fresh provocations from the U.S. Interests Section (USIS) and White House pretensions to grant bail to the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
“The conduct and response of Cuba in the face of the empire’s provocations will be totally peaceful, but we will strike with all our moral force and even be prepared to respond to them with all our weapons and spill the last drop of our blood to repell any invasion that might come from the mutinous and brutal empire that is threatening us,” he stated.
Before the march began, Fidel gave a brief speech reiterating the objectives being pursued by the U.S. government against Cuba, which he had already exposed in a television appearance on January 22.
The giant march is in condemnation of the actions of the USIS, a garrison of internal subversion, and from whose facade illuminated provocative anti-Cuban messages have been beamed out in the vicinity.
The release of Posada and the attitude of the Interests Section are part of a larger plan of aggression against the island designed to provoke a serious crisis between the two countries, the Cuban president confirmed.
Waving Cuban flags and chorusing slogans like “Bush, fascist, charge the terrorist,” amd “With the truth Cuba will triumph,” hundreds of thousands of students, workers, campesinos and housewives marched alongside leaders of the revolution and intellectuals and political friends of Cuba, like the Argentine writer and journalist Miguel Bonasso and Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) of Nicaragua.
• Fidel’s final words last night
The U.S. government is deliberately pursuing the following objectives:
First: To release terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, whom the authorities of that country – including the father of the current president – trained and utilized to commit monstrous crimes against the people of Cuba. This repugnant character was recruited in 1961 and trained since then to fulfill special missions in the mercenary Bay of Pigs invasion; subsequently trained to commit repugnant acts of terrorism against Cuba, for which he received sterling instruction together with Orlando Bosch, and then amnestied by Bush Sr. when he was president. He was also trained to participate in Operation Condor, an international terrorist organization that committed odious crimes against Latin American figures; he was the organizer and mastermind of the sabotage in full flight off Barbados of the Cubana Aviation passenger plane on October 6, 1976, which cost the lives of 73 people.
He was sprung by the CIA from prison in Venezuela on August 18, 1985; immediately linked to the dirty war on Nicaragua by supplying weapons from El Salvador and transporting drugs to the United States. Luis Posada Carriles has always maintained close links with the U.S. intelligence agencies and was funded by governments in that country and, for more than 40 years, utilized via the Cuban-American Foundation in assassination attempts on the Cuban president. He was set free due to moves by the current U.S. president via a pardon signed by the then president of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, on August 26, 2004. He was taken under U.S. protection to a Central American country, he was authorized to clandestinely enter U.S. territory, which he did between March 18-20, 2005 aboard the yacht Santrina crewed by the notorious terrorist Santiago Alvarez, strangely enough now in prison for arms running and serious violations of the U.S. security laws. Nobody in the world can deny these truths.
Second: The current U.S. government has totally failed in its plans to isolate and economically strangle Cuba, is not resigned to that failure and is growing dangerously desperate.
THIRD: The U.S. government has done everything possible to satisfy the wishes of the Cuban-American terrorist mafia, which took President George W. Bush to the disputed presidency of that country via fraud in Florida.
Fourth: President Bush and his government are committed to the macabre plan of transition for Cuba, a gross interference in the sovereignty of our country, which would lead it to centuries of backwardness.
Fifth: The U.S. government has adopted all measures to deprive Cuba of totally legitimate income by blocking the sending of remittances and by having recourse to the inhuman procedure of forbidding or creating maximum difficulties for residents of that origin to make family visits.
Sixth: As a result of pressure by the Cuban-American mafia, the U.S. government proposes to overtly violate the Migratory Agreements with Cuba as one of its first steps.
Seventh: The U.S. government is seeking pretexts to prevent at all costs the sale of agricultural products to Cuba, which has been taking place in growing volume without our country failing to pay one cent on the dot for five years, something that that government did not believe possible for a nation harassed and blockaded.
Eighth: The U.S. government, which is against the decision adopted by President Carter on May 30, 1977, proposes to force a rupture of the current minimal diplomatic links with Cuba. The gross provocations in which it is engaging from its Interests Section in Havana do not have and cannot have any other proposition.
The Bush government is well aware that no government in the world would accept such a perverse abuse of its dignity and sovereignty.
The conduct and the response of Cuba in the face of the empire’s provocation will be totally peaceful, but we will strike with all our moral force and are even prepared to respond with all our weapons and spill the last drop of our blood to repel any aggression that might come from the mutinous and brutal empire that is threatening us.
Nobody should forget for one second that magnificent promise of General Antonio Maceo: “Whomsoever tries to seize Cuba will come away with the dust of its blood-soaked soil, if he does not perish in the attempt.”
I will be observing this march together with the impassioned young pioneers and students who, from the Anti-Imperialist Tribunal just up there, are encouraging our valiant and combative people who are marching today against that perfidious and provocative office as they will march off to fight against any aggressor.
¡Patria o Muerte!
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