|Uprising in Havana, Cuba on August 5, 1994|
"Apart from the distances: in China they tried to erase what happened in Tiananmen Square and in Cuba the Maleconazo."In both China and Cuba the government of the United States backed up the regimes in power at the expense of the people in the streets. Unfortunately, other parts of the world are also following this regrettable path and turning their backs on the example set by a previous generation of leaders who brought their country out of totalitarian darkness into the community of free nations. The end result, in my opinion, explains the steady decline in human rights around the world over the past decade.
It is important not only to remember how the Castro regime responded to Cubans running through the streets shouting "freedom!" but how the Clinton administration helped to maintain the status quo in Cuba shoring up the dictatorship.
|State Security agent points his gun at the crowd on August 5, 1994|
A convoy of trucks crammed with repressive special troops and a vehicle with a 50 caliber machine gun on top patrolled up and down the long street.Ignacio Montero described how he was attacked and a young boy was shot:
They broke my left eyebrow and left me semi-lame. Yes, there were assaults and the aggressors had guns, but not among the civilians. One of the boys who went with us, who was called the Moor, even while handcuffed, they shot him in the torso and it was a miracle that he did not die. Who do you think paid for that? No one.In the aftermath the Clinton administration backed the dictatorship, not the Cuban people on that day and in the weeks that followed stopped granting parole to Cuban refugees, claiming some as migrants holding them at Guantanamo Naval base and eventually started deporting others to Cuba.
|State Security aiming their guns at Cubans. Did they end up retiring in Miami?|
|Cresencio Marino Rivero, Cuban prison chief found in Miami|
Thankfully, Vaclav Havel and his ideas on the power of the powerless and living in truth still give some hope for the future even if they are falling out of fashion with certain elements in the Czech Foreign Ministry.