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  • 09 Apr 2015 3:31 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)



    Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner criticized the Obama Administration's move to normalize relations with Cuba and urged the President to denounce violence on pro-democracy demonstrators at a regional summit with foreign leaders in Panama this week.

    "I hope that President Obama, if and when he has a conversation with the Cuban dictator during the Organization of American States summit, will take the opportunity to condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms and reaffirm that the United States should and must always stand on the side of human rights and democracy against Communist tyranny," Boehner said in a written statement on Thursday.
    The President is expected to interact for the first time with Cuban President Raul Castro since his Administration removed many U.S. travel and trade restrictions on the country in December.
    But Boehner seized on reports of clashes with critics of the Cuban government in Panama City, and said that Jorge Luis García Pérez, a human rights activist who attended this year's State of the Union as his guest, was among those who was assaulted by pro-Castro supporters.
    The Speaker also warned that the State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List could be premature.
    He said the crackdown on protestors was a "outrage" and "raises serious questions about the wisdom of revisiting diplomatic relations with Cuba" and taking the country off the terrorism list while he said the Castro regime "practices repression at home and supports violence throughout the region, continues to hold power."
    Removing Cuba from the list will allow other economic and political sanctions to be lifted.
    Congress will have 45 days to try to block the President's move to de-list Cuba from the terrorism list, but senior House GOP leadership aides say no decisions have been made yet on how Congress will respond.
    Later Wednesday, the U.S. government -- if not Obama himself -- is condemning violence against protesters in Panama.
    "We are deeply concerned by reports of attacks targeting civil society representatives in Panama for the Summit of the Americas exercising freedom of speech," Acting State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement Thursday, "and harassment of those participating in the Summit of the Americas Civil Society Forum."
    "We condemn those who use violence against peaceful protesters," she added.
    Harf did not identify the protestors in her statement, but there have been reports in recent days of both pro and anti-goverment Cuban protestors at a civil society forum taking place ahead of the larger summit.


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  • 09 Apr 2015 3:27 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Pro, Anti-Castro Groups Clash In Panama City

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pandemonium in Panama City when pro-Castro and anti-Castro groups clashed outside a hotel.

    It began when about one hundred supporters of Raul Castro’s government heckled Cuban dissidents and Americans who were in the city for the Summit of the Americas. The altercation quickly escalated with both sides throwing punches.

    South Florida lawmakers Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen blamed the violence on the pro-Castro supporters.

    “Today’s attack by Cuban regime thugs on peaceful pro-democracy protestors and U.S. citizens in Panama is just another reminder of the brutality of the Castro brothers and their enablers. Even in the shadow of the Summit of the Americas, these serial oppressors cannot resist their impulse to beat innocent men and women for practicing their right to freedom of speech,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen in a statement.

    President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro will attend the two day summit which begins Friday

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  • 09 Apr 2015 3:19 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    Summit of the Americas: Castro Supporters
    Beat Cuban Dissidents on Streets of Panama

    A group of Cuban dissidents invited to attend events at this weekend’s Summit of the Americas were insulted and physically assaulted by a swarm of dozens of communist Cuban officials and supporters in Panama on Wednesday.


    Multiple videos taken by both citizen and network journalists show the dissidents, including prominent former political prisoners and leaders of the Ladies in White solidarity movement, being shoved away from a bust of Cuban poet and hero José Martí as they peacefully marched to the monument to lay flowers in his honor. The bust is located near the Cuban embassy in Havana.

    In the first video, from Miami’s America TeVe, the reporter notes that, almost immediately upon arriving at the bust with flowers, Jorge García Pérez– a dissident who spent 17 years in Castro’s political prisons for refusing to support the regime– can be seen requesting that the mass of communist supporters that had congregated move to allow easier access to the bust for the dissidents. After a chant of “libertad!” (freedom), the communist supporters begin shoving the dissidents and eventually beating them, the scene culminating with a group of communist supporters kicking a dissident repeatedly who had been knocked to the ground. One communist attempts to block the camera several times with a red flag. (Violence and language warning, in Spanish, after the 2:00 mark)

    The altercation occurred in broad daylight, eventually subdued by Panamanian officials. NBC reports that at least three U.S. citizens were involved in the melee– Cuban Americans who traveled to Panama to support the dissident group.

    The Cuban dissidents were invited by officials organizing the Summit of the Americas to participate in various forums, including the Civil Society Forum scheduled for Wednesday. Their presence was announced in March, after officials also extended an invitation to the Cuban government to attend the conference for the first time, following major concessionson the part of the Obama administration to the Castro regime in December.

    At the time, many expressed concern that a dictatorship had no part to play in the conference, which explicitly bans the presence of non-democratic governments. Leftist Panamanian groups, on the other hand, began condemning the presence of dissidents at the conference, threatening to “take appropriate measures” to silence them. At least one dissident, Rosa Maria Payá, was immediately apprehended by Cuban agents upon landing in Panama and threatened with violence should she continue her campaign. The Panamanian government has since apologized for the encounter.

    The Cuban government accepted the invitation to the Summit, however, and responded to the invitation of dissidents by organizing a coalition of 300 “real” organizations controlled by the government to counter their presence at the civil society forum.

    The groups barely got a chance to counter the dissidents; Cuba walked out of the forumyesterday almost immediately.

    President Obama nonetheless plans to “interact” in some way with Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, according to White House officials. The exchange will be the first since the two shook hands at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and the first since President Obama announced a concessions package to the Cuban regime that many have interpreted as a “diplomatic thaw” between the two nations.

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  • 09 Apr 2015 3:07 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)


    PANAMA CITY — Cuba's first-ever inclusion into the Summit of the Americas was expected be to the headline-grabbing news at the two-day gathering here that starts Friday.

    So far, it's delivered.

    There have been fisticuffs between rival Cuban protesters, an angered Cuban delegation over credentials and reports of the killer of Cuban icon Che Guevara mingling with opposition leaders outside the meetings.

    And that's all before President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro have even set foot in this tropical city.

    In the most talked-about incident, a group of anti-Castro Cuban demonstrators on Wednesday planned to lay flowers at a bust of Cuban patriarch José Martí near the Cuban embassy here when they were confronted by a group of pro-Castro activists.

    TV newscast images showed the two factions clashing in fistfights. The pro-government demonstrators shouted "terrorists" and "assassins" at their rivals as they chased them down the street. Those beaten included women.

    Event organizers and the U.S. State Department denounced the incident.

    "We are deeply concerned by reports of attacks targeting civil society representatives in Panama for the Summit of the Americas exercising freedom of speech and harassment of those participating" in the forum, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. "We condemn those who use violence against peaceful protesters."

    Also Wednesday, Cuban delegates at the summit protested when reports surfaced that Felix Rodriguez, a former CIA-backed paramilitary officer dispatched to capture and kill Guevara in Bolivia in 1967, was meeting with opposition groups in Panama City. His appearance here couldn't be independently verified.

    Much of the tension stems from the increased role civil society is playing at the summit. A three-day parallel forum on civil society has drawn Cuban opposition leaders and a speech by former President Bill Clinton. Another independent forum, focusing mainly on Cuba, was held at Florida International University's Panama City campus and drew well known dissidents, such as Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White protest group, and Guillermo Fariñas, who has participated in two dozen hunger strikes in Cuban jails.

    "For the first time, civil society, something the Cuban government doesn't recognize, that it labels 'mercenaries' and 'terrorists,' we're here," Soler told reporters after the meeting. "We're recognized by the country of Panama."

    The inclusion of Cuban opposition leaders doesn't sit well with Cuban officials. In Havana, First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel called it "inadmissible" that Cuban officials are sharing space at the summit with dissidents, calling them "illegitimate representatives" and "mercenaries of the empire."

    But those voices are not going away anytime soon. U.S. officials have placed increased importance on the role civil society — from opposition figures to student leaders to academics — will play in finding solutions to the region's thorniest issues.

    "It's critical that leaders be held by its civil society groups, including, obviously, civil society groups of the United States, as we interact with our own stakeholders," Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. Latin American official, said last week. "Without that, we're just living in our echo chamber."

    In a speech Wednesday evening, José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States, which organizes the summit, reiterated the importance of civil society in the gatherings.

    "Civil society is one of the most important representations of the people," he said.

    The real fireworks may still be on the way, when Obama and Castro arrive. No meetings between the two are yet scheduled, though both camps have hinted at a likely meeting. Obama is also expected to attend a civil society forum on Friday.

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  • 09 Apr 2015 2:52 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Video Summary of Panama Summit Attack



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  • 09 Apr 2015 2:38 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Identificados agresores castristas - América TeVé



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  • 08 Apr 2015 7:35 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Imágenes Exclusivas:
    el ataque de turba castrista a cubanos en Panamá



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  • 08 Apr 2015 7:28 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Un grupo de 20 miembros de organizaciones civiles, entre ellos activistas y disidentes cubanos, fueron atacados de manera violenta por un grupo que presuntamente apoya al gobierno castrista.



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  • 08 Apr 2015 7:20 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Cuban exiles that were protesting in Panama clashed with pro-regime Cubans on Wednesday just days before the opening of the Summit of the Americas.


  • 08 Apr 2015 7:17 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Cuban exiles protesting in Panama clashed with pro-government countrymen just days before the opening of the Summit of the Americas. Panama is hosting the Seventh Summit of the Americas on April 10-11. The event will bring together the heads of state and foreign ministers of 34 nations including, for the first time, Cuba.


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