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  • 27 Nov 2016 10:00 AM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    In Miami, Cuban exiles call for ‘massive rally’ to mark Fidel Castro’s death

    Miami’s Cuban-American community tapped enduring symbols of its decades-old exile Sunday to demand a democratic future for communist Cuba now that Fidel Castro is dead — beginning with a cathartic rally planned for Wednesday at the Bay of Pigs Memorial in Little Havana for “all who have been affected by this regime.”

    And not far from the museum honoring Bay of Pigs veterans, where about 100 people had gathered to call for the midweek rally, crowds formed for a second day in front of the Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho, where they filled the sidewalks waving American and Cuban flags as passing cars honked their horns.

    Some carried photos of loved ones whom they said had been jailed and persecuted by Castro, but had not lived to learn of his death late Friday at age 90. Others banged pots and pans, and chanted rhythmic slogans in Spanish, demanding democratic reforms.

    Cuba libre ya!” Free Cuba now!

    Nearly all had stories of how Castro had changed their lives, forever.

    At the museum honoring the 2506 Assault Brigade, symbols abounded of the struggle — by exiles in Miami and dissidents on the island — against Castro’s rule.

    Gathered in a room with walls covered by portraits of men who died in the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, brigade veterans joined with members of Damas de Blanco or Ladies in White, a government opposition movement in Cuba formed by the wives of jailed dissidents.

    Throughout a half-hour press conference, they exhorted President-elect Donald Trump and Miami’s Cuban-American community to push hard for freedom in Cuba.

    “The tyrant has died, but tyranny remains,” said Humberto Arguelles, president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association. He announced a rally “for liberty and democracy in Cuba” on Wednesday, set to begin at the Bay of Pigs Memorial on Southwest Eighth Street and 13th Avenue at 5 p.m.


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  • 19 Nov 2016 6:18 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    NOCHE DE ESPERANZA POR LA LIBERTAD DE CUBA
    JUAN MANUEL CAO - DR. ORLANDO GUTIERREZ BORONAT


  • 04 Aug 2016 2:33 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Alternativa con el Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat y Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen



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  • 12 May 2016 3:56 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Mayoría de cubanoamericanos en Miami Dade están desacuerdo con el deshielo entre EE.UU y Cuba



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  • 22 Apr 2016 3:20 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Cuban government reverses cruise policy

    Cuban-born citizens can take cruises to the country starting April 26

    MIAMI - The Cuban government will allow Cuban-born citizens to travel to the country on cruise ships, reversing a long-standing policy.

    In a statement released Friday in the state-run newspaper Granma, the government said it will allow Cuban-born citizens to return to the country as passengers and crew members on cruise ships, beginning on April 26. 

    The decision comes amid multiple lawsuits from Cuban-born citizens who claimed Carnival Cruise Line was discriminating against them. Earlier this week, Carnival announced it would accept bookings on its Fathom line from all travelers to Cuba, regardless of their country of origin. 

    "Mr. (Micky) Arison and Carnival have been great corporate citizens in Miami-Dade County for more than 40 years," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement. "This policy change was the right thing to do, and I congratulate both Mr. Arison and Carnival on their efforts in what is probably one of the very few times that a corporation has successfully negotiated the changing of a policy with the Cuban government."

    Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in a news conference Friday that he too was happy about Cuba's decision to change its policy.

    "We made history a few weeks ago and we're making history again today of being a part of it," Donald said. "Most importantly, we are a part of a positive future and that's what we’re most proud of."

    "It is an honor and privilege that we will be the first cruise line in over 50 years to sail from the U.S. to Cuba and back, and that's including to have onboard those who were born in Cuba."

    The protests and lawsuits that were filed after Carnival first denied Cuban-born travelers from boarding its ships admittedly made the Miami-based cruise line nervous.

    "When the noise got up to the level it did we were concerned that their might be some consternation on the other side to back away," Donald said.

    The Democracy Movement, which staged the protests, praised Carnival on Friday saying it is a good first step. 

    "A citizen of Cuba should not have to ask for a visa to return to their own homeland whether by plane or by boat," Cuban activist Ramon Saul Sanchez said.

    The announcement from the Cuban government said Cuban-born citizens traveling to the island must do so through proper channels, and with the appropriate visas. 

    Despite the change in the policy, members of the Cuban Democratic Directorate said Carnival has still "succumbed to the Castro Regime and is collaborating with its discriminatory and repressive policies."

    "No vacation cruise should travel to a country where such harsh repression still happens, where discrimination against Cuban-born U.S. citizens is still in place," said Dr. Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, co-founder and spokesman of the Cuban Democratic Directorate. "Thousands of Cubans are lying at the bottom of that sea which the cruise ships will sail on, and the money from those cruises will simply enrich that regime which forced their deaths."

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  • 20 Mar 2016 5:44 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Protesta en Miami por la visita de Obama a Cuba

    MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Desde el corazón de la Pequeña Habana, en el Monumento a los Mártires de la Brigada 2506 hasta la Casa del Preso, más de 500 cubanos residentes en esta ciudad, opositores al régimen castrista de visita y medio centenar de extranjeros realizaron una marcha en protesta por la visita del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, a Cuba.


    La concentración formó parte de la campaña #TodosMarchamos y se realizó en horas este mediodía, en momentos que las Damas de Blanco y numerosos opositores cubanos son detenidos y golpeados en la capital cubana y otros puntos del país, por protestar para que cese la represión, se liberen los presos políticos y hayan elecciones libres en la Isla.

    Orlando Gutiérrez, presidente del Directorio Democrático Cubano, al dirigirse a los marchistas les expresó: “Todos somos resistencia, aquí hay cientos de años de presidio político, combatientes de Girón; hoy se equivoca el régimen castrista si cree que con la visita de Barack Obama, con el abrazo y el apretón de mano al dictador se sella la alianza y se garantiza la vida eterna de los Castro en el poder, se equivocan. Somos la raza de Yara y Baraguá”.

    Durante la marcha se gritaron consignas “Abajo los Castro, abajo Raúl, libertad, libertad. Pedro Luis Boitel Vive, Zapata Vive”.

    La Dama de Blanco Bárbara Travieso, en nombre de las Damas de Blanco del exilio y de las ex presas políticas leyó un mensaje de ratificación a #TodosMarchamos

    En la concentración  marcharon los ex presos políticos Vladimir Morera Bacallao, Yojarne Arce Sarmiento, Jorge Ramírez Calderón, así como Niorvis Rivera Guerra y Aracelio Riviaux Noa, miembros de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba, recientemente liberados por el gobierno cubano

    Participaron en la histórica actividad miembros de la Asamblea de la Resistencia entre ellos Ramón Saúl Sánchez, del Movimiento Democrático; Silvia Iriondo, de Mar Por Cuba; Santiago Álvarez, de la Fundación Rescate Jurídico; José Luis Fernández, del Presidio Histórico Político; Ana Carbonell, miembros de la Comisión Coordinadora de Enlace Cubanos Unidos de Puerto Rico, entre otros movimientos del histórico exilio; así como miembros del Foro por los Derechos y Libertades de Cuba.

    Dentro de los medios de prensa y televisivos locales e internacionales que dieron cobertura a la marcha se encontraban la Agencia de Prensa Europea EPA, EF, el Canal 51, Canal 24, Canal 41, Canal BBC, Univisión, Diario Las Américas y TV Martí.

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  • 16 Mar 2016 2:19 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    President Barack Obama made his historic trip to Cuba this week where he gave a speech both praising and challenging the Cuban people, and the Castro regime. In his speech, President Obama stressed the importance of a democracy saying, “It gives individuals the capacity to be catalysts to think in new ways, and to reimagine how our society should be, and to make them better.” What impact will his speech make in the efforts to ending the decades-long embargo?
    Guest: Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, Cuban Democratic Directorate


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  • 14 Mar 2016 12:45 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Obama discusses US-Cuba relations ahead of controversial trip

    MIAMI (WSVN) — President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the evolving relations between the United States and Cuba, one week before his historic — and controversial — trip to the island nation.

    Not everyone is happy with the U.S., Cuba relations and many plan to gather in a protest in Little Havana to voice their opinions, Sunday morning.

    The commander in chief said, when he flies into Cuba on Monday, next week, he plans to use part of his visit to kick start U.S. business with the island.

    The president said he also plans to bring up the issue of human rights. "During my visit, I intend to meet with dissidents, critics of the Cuban government," he said during an interview with CNN en Español correspondent Juan Carlos Lopez.

    The visit was put in motion when the U.S. and Cuba restored relations by reopening their embassies in July. "The more that U.S. businesses are engaged there, the more that we have people traveling there, the more Cuban-Americans are able to interact with family members that in some cases they haven’t seen in decades, the more likely we are to see the kind of changes that all of us are hoping for," said Obama.

    As of Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that Americans can take "people to people" trips on their own to Cuba instead of expensive group tours.

    In addition to that change, the administration is allowing U.S. banks to process Cuban government transactions that pass through a U.S. banking system. A previous ban on those transactions prevented Cuba from buying and selling goods internationally.

    Obama will also use the historic trip to kick start U.S. business on the island. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T, Starwood Hotels and Marriott are working to complete deals with Cuba. "The simple basis of our policy is that by loosening these restrictions, we are better able to engage the Cuban people, to support them, and to build bridges between our two countries," said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.

    However, critics of this easing of restrictions said this will come at a price. "The President’s visit to Cuba is nothing but a glorified trade mission to bring investment to a brutal dictatorship, which is beating and arresting hundreds of Cubans every week to remain in power," said Dr. Orlando Gutierrez, of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

    The embargo remains in place. Only Congress can repeal it.

    Not everyone is happy with the trip. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement, "U.S. policy must focus less on easing our regulations and more on putting pressure on the Castro brothers to unclench its fists which oppress the Cuban people."

    Nevertheless, Obama said, opening up Cuba will bring about the change that the embargo hasn’t been able to achieve. "We have taken away an excuse that the Castro regime consistently used for why it couldn’t provide greater opportunity or freedom to its people, which was that the heavy-handed neighbor to the north was preventing them or sabotaging them," said Obama. "That’s no longer an excuse that’s viable."

    Obama said the United States will continue to press for human rights. "We continue to press to make sure that over time we are widening more and more freedom for speech, assembly, religion, inside of Cuba," he said.

    The president also made a prediction. "Sometime in the next president’s administration, whether they are a Democrat or a Republican, that the embargo will, in fact, be removed, because it makes sense for us to be able to sell into Cuba, to do business with Cubans, show U.S. business practices, how we treat workers and how we approach issues of human rights," he said. "That will bring out the kinds of changes that are needed."

    While in Cuba, Obama is scheduled to attend a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. That game is set for next Tuesday.

    The protest in Little Havana is scheduled for Sunday, 11 a.m., at Eighth Street and 13th Avenue

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  • 11 Mar 2016 4:10 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Exiliados esperan reunirse en Miami con Ben Rhodes, asesor de Obama,
    antes de su viaje a Cuba

    Como preámbulo de la próxima visita a Cuba del presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, el asesor adjunto de Seguridad Nacional, Ben Rhodes, visitará este viernes Miami, donde es esperado por organizaciones de exiliados para "hablar de democracia en la Isla", informa EFE.

    En su visita, Rhodes se reunirá con "líderes de la comunidad cubano-estadounidense, incluidos activistas por los derechos humanos y defensores de la sociedad civil", señaló Isabel Malowany, portavoz del Departamento de Estado para las Américas, sin precisar quiénes serán los participantes ni el lugar.

    Sin embargo, representantes de varias organizaciones cubanas en el sur de Florida dijeron que no han sido convocados y que desconocen quiénes asistirán a la reunión con Rhodes para abordar la situación de los derechos humanos en Cuba. 

    La economista Martha Beatriz Roque, que fue condenada a 20 años de prisión en 2003 por atentar contra la "independencia e integridad territorial del Estado" y es beneficiaria de una "licencia extrapenal" por razones de salud, mostró a EFE no solo su deseo de reunirse con Rhodes, sino con el presidente Obama.

    "Si Obama me recibe en los Estados Unidos de América es un mensaje de democracia que le está dando al régimen cubano", aseguró esta economista que se encuentra en Miami desde hace una semana, gracias a un permiso especial del Gobierno cubano.

    "La resistencia cubana está siendo marginada de todas esta negociación y visita", se lamentó por su parte Orlando Gutiérrez, director de la Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana.

    Por ahora no se ha informado de la agenda de Rhodes, quien ha expresado la importancia de escuchar "directamente de la comunidad cubano-estadounidense" opiniones sobre el viaje de Obama a la Isla, que será el primero de carácter oficial que haga un presidente de Estados Unidos a Cuba en 88 años.


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