DEFEND CUBA!

Speech delivered by ISAAC SANEY to the demonstration against Bush's "Visit" to Canada



The City of Halifax, 1 December 2004

We, therefore DEMAND that the Canadian government live up to its obligations under the UN Charter, the OAS Charter, international law and its responsibilities as a member of the international community by denouncing and condemning the continuing US aggression Cuba.
The Nova Scotia Cuba Association expresses our total support for the actions across Canada that have been organized to protest the visit of the war criminal George W. Bush.

We commend all activities that condemn and lay bare the criminality and gangsterism of the Bush regime.

We condemn the Canadian government's hosting and entertaining of this war criminal.

We condemn the Canadian government's open and hidden participation in imperialist war crimes and crimes against humanity.

We demand that Halifax cease being a base for imperialist war.

We say: NO HARBOUR FOR WAR!

We once again reaffirms the inalienable, inviolable and inextinguishable right of the people of Cuba - and all other peoples, particularly at this juncture the Palestinian and Iraqi peoples - to determine their future and their political, economic and social system on their own terms and without external interference from any source: a right enshrined in the United Nations Charter and numerous other international treaties, covenants and legal instruments.

The Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) expresses its resolute solidarity with and support for the Cuban people and their Revolution as they defend themselves against the latest act of all-sided aggression launched by the US government against the island.

At this critical moment, as Washington is brutally attempting to suppress the national resistance to its occupation of Iraq and supporting the State of Israel's brutal suppression of the just Palestinian struggle for national liberation, the level of US unrelenting aggression against Cuba has escalated. This latest escalation is also occurring within the context of ongoing US destabilization of Venezuela. It also occurs in the wake of Washington's sponsored, financed and organized coup in Haiti, which removed the constitutional and legitimate government of Jean Bertrand Aristide and where the US backed thugs and former death squad members were given full rein to seize power. Even as we gather here today, Washington is preparing the ground to attack Iran.

The latest measures of the George W. Bush administration are a deliberate assault on the well-being of the Cuban people, an undisguised provocation aimed at preparing the grounds and pretexts for a military attack and a flagrant violation of international law.

These latest measures against Cuba, among other things, sanction a program of deliberate overt military intimidation, step up the economic war against the island, and channel additional tens of millions of dollars to the US manufactured opposition groups on the island.

All of these activities are the continuation of the de facto war waged against Cuba since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, which overthrew the US-backed police state of Fulgencio Batista. Given the present world situation, it is clear that one of the central immediate task that faces the solidarity movement and all peace and justice loving people is the defense of Cuba from attack by Washington.
Washington seeks to manufacture any pretext to "justify" the unjustifiable. They are part and parcel of an orchestrated campaign designed to culminate in a military attack on Cuba. The campaign has steadily grown in tempo and includes the formation of the so-called and obscenely named Commission to Provide Assistance to a Free Cuba (chaired by US Secretary of State), which was charged with the task of expediting and hastening the end of the Cuban Revolution.

The Commission's report issued in May of this year formed the basis for the latest measures enacted by the US government. However, the report was preceded by the unilateral suspension of the migratory negotiations; the fabrications that Cuba engages in and supports terrorism; the constant fallacious refrain that the island has biological weapons, despite the fact that this blatant falsehood has been refuted time and time again; the assertion that Cuba is destabilizing Latin America; increased financial aid, material support and political directives to US mercenaries that masquerade as so-called "dissidents" and the increasingly vociferous campaign about so-called "human rights violations."

All of these activities are the continuation of the de facto war waged against Cuba since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, which overthrew the US-backed police state of Fulgencio Batista. Given the present world situation, it is clear that one of the central immediate task that faces the solidarity movement and all peace and justice loving people is the defense of Cuba from attack by Washington. Of course, in the face of this threat the Cubans will, as they have always done, respond with the usual patient and calm approach to danger that has typified more than 45 years of the Revolution. Nevertheless let no one be deceived: as the Cuban people have shown through-out their history they are ready and prepared to fight to defend their homeland and Revolution.

This is a very dangerous time for Cuba. No one can predict the future, but we can and must read the signs. We must be prepared to defend Cuba and above all support Cuba's right of self-defense. In the face of the massive orchestrated campaign of disinformation, distortions and outright falsehoods, all progressive-minded people must not vacillate in the face of nor conciliate with the concerted efforts to discredit and isolate the Cuban Revolution.

We, therefore DEMAND that the Canadian government live up to its obligations under the UN Charter, the OAS Charter, international law and its responsibilities as a member of the international community by denouncing and condemning the continuing US aggression Cuba.

LONG LIVE THE CUBAN REVOLUTION!

HANDS OFF CUBA!

NO US WAR OR ATTACK ON CUBA!

US AND CANADA OUT OF HAITI!

OCCUPATION FROM IRAQ TO PALESTINE IS A CRIME!

NO TO CANADA'S AND HALIFAX'S PARTICIPATION IN WAR CRIMES AND IMPERIALISM!

LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE TO IMPERIALISM!

ANOTHER AND BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE, NECESSARY AND INEVITABLE!

LONG LIVE THE PEOPLES' STRUGGLE!




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