By Manuel Castro Rodriguez
U. S. President Donald Trump, I am a Cuban exile. The rest of my life I will be grateful to the United States for it has literally saved my life, because I am a human rights activist thatdenounce to the communist regime that continues to deny freedom to the Cuban people.
Fidel Castro died, but the repressive nature of Castroism remains unchanged. Less than a month ago, on February 24, 2017, political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández died in the great prison of Havana, known as Combinado del Este. He languished in prison since June 3, 2016, that is, more than 8 months without being subjected to “trial”. Maz Hernández was accused of “contempt” (disrespect to any government official).
National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement Eduardo Cardet has been sentenced to three years in prison, by the court that tried him on March 3, 2017.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRNR) — an independent human rights group that the government views as illegal — has documented nearly nineteen thousand arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents in Cuba, since December 17, 2014, when President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro’s dictatorship. This represents the highest number of political arrests in decades. And these are only political arrests that have been thoroughly documented. Many more are suspected.
I believe that a thoughtful analysis of the Cuban situation and of the true nature of the Castro’s dictatorship is necessary, but this is not the best time to do it. In the last 58 years, almost one hundred thousand Cubans have died victims of Castroism. It is the horrific legacy of the dictatorship implanted by Fidel and Raúl Castro in 1959. In short, Castroism is Stalinism light.
In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest regime type in history: communism. In 100 years, communism has caused that more than 100 million have died in four continents.
There are really only two communist countries left, Cuba and North Korea, whose people are starving and living in misery. We must recognize these regimes by their words and deeds. Havana and Pyongyang continue being enemies of the U. S. and a threat to American national security. Cuba is the most consistent ally of North Korea. I invite to you to read The North Korea-Cuba Connection,
Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the normalization process… On May 24, 2016, the Korea Times reported that senior officials from North Korea’s governing Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the Communist Party of Cuba held talks on strengthening ties between Pyongyang and Havana… North Korea’s close ties to Cuba can be explained by a shared normative solidarity against American values and perceived American imperialism. This ideological bond is formed out of historical experience and has occasionally manifested itself in symbolically significant shipments of arms and manufactured goods. These trade linkages persist to this day, despite tightened UN sanctions and strides towards a less confrontational U.S.-Cuba relationship.
Between December 10 and December 12, 2013 — two days after Obama’s handshake with Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service —, the Cuban dictator cracks down on dissidents. In December, 2013, were documented 1.123 arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents by the Castro regime. Between December 2013 and November 2014 increased repression: The CCHRNR documented 9.583 arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents by the Castro regime.
Although the military regime increased the repression, on December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would ease decades-old restrictions on travel and commerce, and normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro’s dictatorship.
In the history of this continent, April 11, 2015 was a day that divided before from after. It’s clear that the Obama Administration policy was the antithesis of the Carter Administration Policy,who emphasised human rights diplomacy in dealing with Latin America. Carter’s foreign policy centered around promise to make human rights a central concern in the United States’ relations with other countries. He suspended economic and military aid to Chile, El Salvador and Nicaragua in protest of those regimes’ human rights abuses.
President Trump, during the Florida GOP primary, Miami-Dade was the only county in the state that you didn’t win. Although you won state wide with 45.7% of the vote, Miami-Dade Republicans gave you an unimpressive 22.5%. After, as presidential candidate, on September 16, 2016 — while you were campaigning in Miami —, you said,
all of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.
On October 12, 2016 — while you were campaigning in Florida —, you promised, “Will reverse Obama’s Executive Orders and concessions towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.”
On October 25, 2016 — only two weeks away from elections and with Florida slipping away from his electoral grasp — you received the endorsement of the Veterans Association of the Bay of Pigs — that took place in the Little Havana section of Miami at the Bay of Pigs Museum, a site that memorializes the sacrifices of the Cuban resistance. The endorsement marks the first timethat this organization has ever endorsed a presidential candidate in its 55-years history. You said when receiving the endorsement,
To be endorsed by such a distinguished organization as yours is humbling and I can’t thank you enough… I know we share the same ideals. A foreign policy that will promote freedom and true democratic change in Cuba.
President Trump, it is undeniable that your rhetoric with respect to Cuba helped you significantly: More than half of Cuban-American voters in Florida chose you on November 8, 2016. They hope that you will be a stronger advocate for human rights in Cuba than the president Obama was. Nevertheless, two weeks ago, on March 8, I sent you an email where I tell you,
U. S. President Donald Trump, I invite to you to read ‘Report on Political Repression in Cuba’. CUBA: SOME ACTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION IN FEBRUARY 2017.
Please, see the attached file if you want to know more about how the Cuban dictatorship has increased political repression.
It is important to remember that when President Obama began opening up to Cuba’s Castro — that is the main sanctuary of terrorists in the Western Hemisphere and a threat to U.S. national security —, he relied on executive orders that did not require the blessing of Congress.
President Trump, you vowed that would reverse Obama’s executive orders on Cuba. You said, according to CNN,
But all of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands
You can rescind them without much trouble. So, what do you want your audience to think about their unfulfilled promise? Just remember to read this report carefully. Check how Castroism has increased repression. No consequences, no problem. It’s a green-light for impunity.
I’m writing two months after of your arrival to the White House. I’m negatively surprised with your silence, although the repression on Cuba is dramatically rising. Silence is what the regime needs.
One of the reasons that President Obama cited for opening Castro’s Cuba was to empower to the Cuban people, but the only beneficiaries have being the members of the Castro family clan.The Obama Administration legitimized the Castro dictatorship, and his concessions will help to Raúl Castro to perpetuate his family on power. For example, Raúl’s son, Col. Alejandro Castro Espín; and his son-in-law, Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas — he heads GAESA, the holding company that controls almost all of the Cuban economy. As Bloomberg said, “Want to do business with Cuba? Prepare to partner with the general.”
The current Administration’s “opening to Cuba” was a shameful accommodation to the demands of its tyrants. It will only strengthen their military dictatorship.
The communist oppression continues in Cuba and the prospects for positive change in my homeland look very bleak, because what is being planned is a transfer of power to Raúl Castro’s son and his son-in-law.
Next week I will explain how Cuba’s Castro continues being the main Western enemy of the American people.
Thanking you in advance for your attention,