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April Fools Day already?

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The Sydney Morning Herald/Age have published an op-ed by Fidel Castro.

The Danish police are resorting to brutal methods to crush resistance; many protesters are being preventively arrested. I spoke on the phone with our Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who was at a solidarity rally in Copenhagen with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Cuban Vice-President Estenban Lazo and other ALBA representatives. I asked him who those people were that the Danish police suppressed with such hate, twisting back their arms and beating them repeatedly across the back. He said they were Danish citizens and people from other European nations as well as members of the social movements who were demanding from the summit an immediate solution to deal with climate change.

Is this some sort of joke? This is what Human Rights Watch has to say about Castro and Cuba.

For almost five decades, Cuba has restricted nearly all avenues of political dissent. Cuban citizens have been systematically deprived of their fundamental rights to free expression, privacy, association, assembly, movement, and due process of law. Tactics for enforcing political conformity have included police warnings, surveillance, short-term detentions, house arrests, travel restrictions, criminal prosecutions, and politically motivated dismissals from employment.

Cuba’s legal and institutional structures have been at the root of its rights violations. The rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, movement, and the press are strictly limited under Cuban law. By criminalizing enemy propaganda, the spreading of “unauthorized news,” and insult to patriotic symbols, the government curbs freedom of speech under the guise of protecting state security. The courts are not independent; they undermine the right to fair trial by restricting the right to a defense, and frequently fail to observe the few due process rights available to defendants under domestic law.

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Written by Sinclair Davidson

December 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Next week in the SMH, Kim Il Jong reviews Tetsuya’s and Bob Mugabe test drives the new S-class merecedes.

    What a despicable “newspaper”.

    Infidel Tiger

    December 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm


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