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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.


  • 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.


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

    Video Summary of Panama Summit Attack

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

    Identificados agresores castristas - América TeVé


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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 08 Apr 2015 6:49 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Panamá: Opositores cubanos denunciarán continuismo de los Castro

    Opositores cubanos y grupos del exilio de Miami viajaron a Panamá para denunciar en la VII Cumbre de las Américas el "continuismo" de los hermanos Castro y exponer el recrudecimiento del "clima represivo" en la isla desde el inicio de las conversaciones entre Washington y La Habana.

    "El régimen (castrista) está apostando por un continuismo y quizás piense o albergue la esperanza de que Panamá sea un escenario propicio donde pueda legitimarse moralmente en el área internacional", dijo el disidente Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez" tras una conferencia de prensa en el aeropuerto de Miami.

    "Antúnez", secretario general del Frente de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata, señaló que los miembros de la delegación, convocada por la Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana, ejercerán de "representantes del pueblo de Cuba" en Panamá, donde organizarán un simposio para analizar la situación en la isla.

    "Nuestro objetivo allí es exponer que la represión en Cuba no ha cambiado, que a raíz de los acuerdos entre Barack Obama y La Habana lo que ha hecho es recrudecerse más el clima represivo que impera en nuestro país", destacó.

    A la voz de "Antúnez" se suman el presidente del Consejo de Relatores de Derechos Humanos de Cuba, Juan Carlos González Leyva; la presidenta del Movimiento Rosa Parks, Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, y el coordinador de la Alianza Democrática Oriental, Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina.

    La delegación está conformada además por la activista de las Damas de Blanco Leticia Ramos Herrería y el secretario Nacional del Directorio Democrático Cubano, Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat.

    La presidenta de Madres y Mujeres Antirepresión Por Cuba (M.A.R. Por Cuba), Sylvia Iriondo, recalcó a Efe que la delegación llevará el mensaje de que la situación no ha variado y para que sí lo haga tienen que producirse cambios en el propio Gobierno de Cuba.

    "Lo que tiene que cambiar no es la misión de la Organización de Estados Americanos (...). Lo que tiene que cambiar es ese régimen y la complicidad de los estados miembros que representan democracias verdaderas en nuestra región con las dictaduras y regímenes totalitarios de nuestro hemisferio", aseveró.

    En este sentido, "Antúnez" subrayó que un sistema democrático y libre solo sería posible en Cuba a partir de una "separación definitiva de los hermanos Castro del poder y de un proceso de reformas que tenga bases populares".

    El asesor adjunto de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, Ben Rhodes, dijo hoy a periodistas que el Gobierno de EE.UU. está "próximo a concluir" la revisión de la presencia de Cuba en su lista de países a los que considera patrocinadores del terrorismo.


  • 08 Apr 2015 3:41 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Cuban dissidents and pro-Castro Cubans clash in Panama ahead of the Summit of the Americas


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