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Cuba’s Castro Regime Warmly Welcomes Congressional Democrats


A delegation of three Democratic members of the US Congress – Representatives James McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Troy Carter (D-LA) – traveled to Havana over the weekend to meet with several members of the communist regime Castro and their puppet president Miguel DĂ­az-Canel.

The meeting between Democratic representatives and senior Communist Party officials comes at a time of the Castro regime’s ongoing human rights abuses, rising number of arrests and incidents of harassment against political dissidents , and the inhumane conditions the regime continues to subject them to have caused a dramatic upsurge of Cuban citizens desperately trying to flee communism over the past year.

Representative McGovern’s appearance in Cuba is particularly noteworthy because he is co-chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CCCB), a US agency dedicated to studying and countering the Chinese regime’s harmful influence in America and advocating for Beijing’s human rights abuses. Cuba is a client state of China, most recently receive $100 million in aid from China following Diaz-Canel’s visit to Beijing a month ago.

According to the Castro regime’s National Assembly, the Democrats’ delegation first held a meeting on Friday with communist Cuban lawmakers to promote the “normalization” of US-Cuba relations.

“A common goal is to work for the two governments to normalize their relationship,” Rep. McGovern said. said during the meeting. “Both nations must find ways to work across differences on issues of mutual interest.”

The National Assembly of Cuba informed through a press release issued on Saturday that, following their meeting with the Communist legislators, the Democratic delegation was received by the President of the National Assembly of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernández and his delegation.

Lazo Hernández “highlighted” the transcendence of the encounter while expressing that “as neighbors, the closer we are, the better we must understand each other”.

During his meeting with the head of the Cuban legislator, McGovern, who is also co-chairman of the Commission on Human Rights Tom Lantos, said that he had already visited Cuba several times while expressing his support for the end of the so-called “embargo” against Cuba, which should in theory prevent Americans from doing business with the regime or visiting the island. The Democrats’ presence in Cuba largely undermines arguments that the “embargo” serves to prevent Americans from meaningfully enriching the Communist Party.

“We want to work with you to break down the walls, to have a more mature and constructive relationship, for the benefit of the people of Cuba and the United States,” McGovern said. The representative of the United States reportedly added that, in his opinion, there is no reason for Cuba to have been included in the list of United States sponsors of terrorism.

The United States, under the Trump administration, included Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in January 2021 due to the communist regime’s close ties to terrorist organizations around the world, such as the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Shiite jihadist organization Hezbollah. Cuba, alongside Nicaragua and other authoritarian regimes, has recently been included in the State Department’s list of countries that systematically violate the religious freedom of its citizens.

On Saturday, Democratic MPs were received by puppet president of the Castro regime Miguel DĂ­az-Canel, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno RodrĂ­guez Parrilla and other members of the Castro regime.

DĂ­az-Canel took the opportunity to blame all of Cuba’s social and economic woes – the result of more than half a century of communist rule – on the US “embargo” and the sanctions imposed on the Castro regime by the Trump administration. McGovern had claims in 2021 that the sanctions were the reason for “increased suffering on the island”.

“I received a delegation from the American Congress chaired by James McGovern. We discussed our differences and topics of common interest. The common desire to improve bilateral relations was endorsed. I expressed the need to end the measures that harm the Cuban population,” Díaz-Canel said on his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.

Bruno RodrĂ­guez Parrilla, the Castro regime’s top diplomat, said via Twitter that the Democrats’ delegation and representatives of the Castro regime “confirmed the common interest in moving towards a constructive relationship between the two countries.”

Additionally, RodrĂ­guez Parrilla used his Twitter account to accuse the United States’ “embargo” of being a “massive and systematic violation of human rights” against the Cuban people.

In November, another U.S. Congressional Agriculture Committee delegation consisting of Representatives Jim Baird (R-IN), Jahana Hayes (D-CT) and led by Salud Carbajal (D-CA) travel to Cuba to “meet with Cuban farmers, farm operators and local officials to discuss the current state of agriculture in Cuba, the impact that American products are having on Cuban markets and households, and issues related”.

As US congressional delegations continue to approach the Castro regime, Cuban citizens, who have continuously protested peacefully against the Castro regime for years without respite, continue to demand an end to communism. In response, the Castro regime retaliated against protesters with increased repression and brutality, including Stop and beatings on minors.

The non-governmental organization Cuban Prisoners Defenders announced on Friday that in November the organization had confirmed the imprisonment by the Castro regime of 1,034 political prisoners, compared to 805 that the organization had verified in December 2021 – of which 34 are minors (29 boys and five girls). Cuban prisoner advocates generally offer a warning that the number of verifiable political prisoners in the country is likely significantly lower than the actual number, as many dissidents simply disappear without due process into the system and rural arrests and disappearances are difficult to confirm. .

The organization claims that political prisoners of the Castro regime are subjected to torture and other human rights violations. The Castro regime also punished political prisoners who refuse to become loyal to communism through “ideological rehabilitation”.

Cuba’s worsening human rights record and continued inhumane conditions have prompted Cuban citizens to attempt to flee in record numbers throughout 2022. The Biden administration, which has granted generous concessions to the Castro regime, continues to detain and deport Cubans who try to reach American soil in ground or by sea. This latter group – commonly referred to as Cuban balserosor “chevrons” – have been the main subject of Biden administration deportations.

In November, US officials announcement that the Castro regime will soon start receiving deportation flights from the United States for Cubans fleeing communism.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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