CUBA: Havana Responds to Trump

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Statement from PRO Seán Ó Dubhláin, Sinn Féin Poblachtach.

Ráiteas / Statement: 17/06/2017

Sinn Féin utterly condemns the recent backtracking of a Cuban / US Agreement struck during the last US Presidents term.  Donald Trumps arrogance has once more shown its true light, the hypocrisy of which was highlighted in the Cuban response.

Donald Trumps move, falsely citing Cuba a Military dictatorship will see tightened restrictions from citizens travelling between the US and Cuba, making it almost impossible for individuals.  Financial transactions between the two countries will be substantially tightened, this will be hard on Cuban business’ but as in the past the People will show their resolve.  Even under the agreement with Obama’s administration the Blockade remained in force.

Fittingly Trump made the announcement among the right-wing Cuban community at a theatre named after Manuel Artime,  a CIA backed counter-revolutionary who led the  1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Officials from Havana hit back at the US for this move stating;

“The United States is not in a position to give us lessons.  We have serious concerns about the respect and guarantees of human rights in that country, where there are numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, particularly against the African American population; The right to life is violated as a result of gun deaths; Child labor is being exploited and there are serious manifestations of racial discrimination; Threatening to impose more restrictions on health services, which would leave 23 million people without health insurance; There is wage inequality between men and women; Migrants and refugees are marginalized, particularly those from Islamic countries; Is intended to erect walls that denigrate neighbors; And abandon international commitments to preserve the environment and address climate change.”

“The Government of Cuba also reiterates its willingness to continue respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest, as well as the negotiation of pending bilateral issues with the United States Government.”

Críoch / ENDS


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