By JAVIER MANJARRESWho says Socialist do not support one another. The European Union (EU) has sent a “representative” to the Communist-controlled country of Cuba to try to bolster and improve relations with Fidel Castro’s regime. You may question my assertion that European countries are socialists, but the fact of the matter is, they are. At least a good number of these governments are, and certainly the EU leadership is.
While 60 Cubans are currently “engaged” in a hunger strike in protest of the deplorable “human rights conditions” under the Castro dictatorship, the anti-Castro lobby, including Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are not taking this questionable move by the EU lying down.
If the EU is truly interested in helping the Cuban people and not perpetuating the Castros’ hold on power, here is a start: demand freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, the immediate end to the criminal and cowardly abuses committed on a daily basis against peaceful human rights activists and hold free, fair, transparent and internationally monitored elections. Only when these basic conditions are met should the EU even consider improving relations with the Cuban nation.
I urge all responsible nations to raise their voices in support of these brave hunger strikers who are so desperate for freedom that they risk their lives so that the world can focus attention on their plight. The Cuban nation needs liberty and democracy, but sadly the actions of entities such as the EU only serve to cement the hold of the octogenarian dictators who have misruled Cuba for more than half a century.”-Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)