number of fundamental errors and misrepresentations
have been presented in the international media about
the recent trials of so-called dissidents in Cuba
which demand clarification. First, these "dissidents"
are in fact mercenaries proved to be working for,
and in the pay of, the US government, whose aim was
to destabilise and overthrow the Cuban government
by illegal means. The trials had absolutely nothing
to do with human rights but everything to do with
the protection of Cuba's national sovereignty against
external interference. These mercenaries were not
imprisoned on the basis of what are frequently referred
to as trumped-up charges, but as a result of clear
evidence being produced through internationally accepted
legal channels. This evidence proved that they were
working with the chief US diplomat in Cuba, James
Cason, with the aim of destroying the Cuban Revolution.
Among many other things, Cason organised meetings
with these mercenaries both in the US Special Interests
Section and his own diplomatic residence.
one imagines Belfast loyalists being organised by
the British Ambassador in a similar way in Dublin
to overthrow the Irish state, one begins to understand
the reality and seriousness of what these mercenaries
in Cuba were doing and why they were convicted in
the way they were.
crime these mercenaries committed was not to criticise
a so-called dictatorial regime as frequently suggested,
but to conspire with a foreign government to overthrow
a democratically elected and populiststate. To suggest
otherwise is an utter distortion of fact and a perversion
of the term human rights.
has suffered intensely at the hands of the US for
over 40 years. As a small country, which has managed
against all the odds to pursue an alternative socialist
path of development, Cuba should be fully supported
by all those who oppose the increasing and aggressive
US imperialist domination of the world. That there
has been such distortion of recent events in the international
media and such a deafening silence from governments
around the world to this deep infringement of national
sovereign rights is a shameful disgrace.
Hamilton is the Belfast Co-ordinator of the Cuba Support
Group - Ireland
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