Key remarks by Fidel Castro
Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, to the people of Cuba, to the noble
American people and to the world public opinion, at the onset of the heroic
Cuban people’s march on the U.S. Interests Section in Havana on January 24, 2006
At the onset of this march on the perfidious and
provocative representatives of imperialism, I wish to reiterate what I said on
Sunday in my closing remarks to the heroic people of our beloved homeland, to
the noble American people and to the world public opinion.
“The United States government is deliberately in pursuit of
the following objectives:
“First, the release of terrorist Luis Posada
Carriles, who was trained by US authorities —Bush Sr. included— and used to
perpetrate monstrous crimes against the Cuban people. Recruited in 1961, this
repulsive character was trained to carry out special operations during the Bay of Pigs invasion. He and Orlando Bosch,
officially pardoned by Bush Sr., subsequently received rigorous training to
execute despicable acts of terrorism against Cuba. Likewise, he was given instruction to
take part in Operation Condor, an international terrorist organization
responsible for odious crimes against Latin American personalities. He is the mind
behind the midair bombing of a Cubana de Aviación airliner, which claimed the
lives of 73 people, off the coasts of Barbados, on October 6, 1976. Taken out of a Venezuelan prison by the
CIA on August 18, 1985, he immediately became involved in the dirty war against
Nicaragua, supplying weapons to the ‘contras’ in El Salvador and introducing
drugs in the United States in the same planes that brought them weapons. For
over four decades, Luis Posada Carriles maintained close ties with US
intelligence agencies, received financing from various administrations and was
used by the Cuban American National Foundation in attempts to assassinate the
Cuban head of state. Efforts by the current US President, and a pardon signed by
Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, finally secured his release from prison on
August 26, 2004. Then, taken to a Central American country under
protection from the US government, he was authorized to secretly
enter the United States. Between March 18 and 20, 2005, he
entered the country on the Santrina, a yacht captained by the notorious
terrorist Santiago Álvarez, a man who, strangely enough, is also being held for
weapons trafficking and gross violations of US national security laws. These
are irrefutable facts.
“Second, the current US administration has utterly failed in its
efforts to isolate and stifle Cuba economically. But it does not accept this
failure, and grows dangerously desperate.
“Third, the government of the United States has done everything in its power to
please the Cuban American terrorist mafia, which resorted to fraud, in Florida, to put President George W. Bush in
“Fourth, President Bush and his administration have
committed themselves to implementing a macabre transition plan in Cuba, an act of flagrant interference in the
internal affairs of our country, which would return it to a state of
“Fifth, the government of the United States has implemented every imaginable measure
to deprive Cuba of completely legitimate sources of
income. It has made it more difficult for people to send remittances to Cuba
and even, callously, forbidden, or made it next to impossible, for Cuban-born
US residents to visit their relatives on the island.
“Sixth, under pressure from the Cuban-American mob,
and as one their next step, the government of the United States is intent on openly violating the US – Cuba Migratory Accords.
“Seventh: The government of the United States is looking for any pretext to prevent, at
all costs, the sales of agricultural products to Cuba, which have been growing, while our
country has paid every cent on time during five years, something that
government did not expect from a blockaded nation facing constant aggression.
“Eighth, the government of the United States, unhappy about President Carter’s
decision of May 30, 1977, is intent on breaking the minimal diplomatic links
which exist between Cuba and the United States today. The gross acts of provocation of
the US Interests Section in Havana do not and could not have a different
“The Bush administration is well aware that no
government on earth can tolerate such an affront to its dignity and
“Cuba’s attitude, and its response to the
empire’s provocations, will be entirely peaceful, but we shall counter the
insult with all the strength of our moral fortitude and we shall persist in our
determination to fight to the death, against whatever act of belligerence of
the restless and brutal empire that threatens us. Let no one for a minute
forget the oath of Maceo, our Bronze Titan, when he said that ‘whosoever
attempts to take possession of Cuba shall conquer but the blood-soaked ground
beneath his feet, if he does not first perish in battle’.
I will be witnessing this march together with our
spirited children and students who, from the Anti-imperialist Square, will encourage our brave and combative
people that will be marching today on this perfidious and provocative
representation, the same as they will march on to battle against any aggressor.
Homeland or death!
We shall overcome!