The Miami Herald, November 13, 2019
|Diaz-Canel, left, with Spain’s King Felipe
VI review troops in Havana, Cuba,
Before the royal visit it was announced that the Royal couple would not meet with dissidents.
Amnesty International sent King Felipe a letter, made public on Nov. 8, petitioning him to make four requests during his visit to Cuba: Release six Cuban prisoners of conscience, José Pilot Guide , Silverio Portal Contreras, Mitzael Díaz Paseiro, Eliecer Bandera Barrera, Edilberto Ronal Azuaga, and Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces and repeal their sentences; Inform José Daniel Ferrer García of the charges against him or release him. Meanwhile, ensure that he has access to his family, lawyer and medical care; End harassment of Cuban artists Luis Manuel Otero and Amaury Pacheco; Repeal Decree 349 that prohibits all artistic activity without prior approval from the regime.
Spain is a constitutional monarchy, and the king must do what Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the ultimate political authority, instructs. Unfortunately, Sánchez is a member of the Spanish Socialist Party.
|Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez with representative of Castro dictatorship in 2018|
|Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar with Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas|
|Che Guevara attends bull fight with Franco's secret police in 1959|
|ETA terrorists were trained by Cubans in 1964 according to 2017 book.|
Sadly, it’s all too clear why Havana inspired German filmmaker Florian Borchmeyer in 2006 to make a documentary titled “Havana — The New Art of Making Ruins.”
|Parts of old Havana are literally crumbling away.|
John Suarez is executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, based in Falls Church, Virginia.