July 26 this year will be historic. Interest Section and over one million two hundred thousand residents of Havana will take part in it.

A few months ago, a new administration took power in the United States. The way in which this came about violated even the internal laws that rule the empire. In the manner of the “banana republics” it has created in our hemisphere, a scandalous electoral fraud was perpetrated. One candidate robbed another of the post that would have rightly been his in accordance with the established system.

As fate would have it, the hard fought battle was decided in Florida, one of the states with the largest number of votes for the election of the president. The shameless theft took place in Miami Dade county, the domain of the Cuban American terrorist mob. citizens in this county alone from exercising their right to vote, thus allowing the extreme right and its presidential candidate to take control of the government. Thanks to this fraud, that candidate achieved a hair’s breadth victory of 537 individual votes in the state of Florida, while he was actually beaten by 337,576 in the national count. legal system, was preceded by a carnivalesque political campaign costing billions of dollars. Our people, immersed in their battle of ideas and fully informed of every detail of the events, were able to grasp like never before the vast difference between true revolutionary democracy and the shameless political parody that is staged in the heart of the empire.

The new president of the United States is acting exactly as he was expected to. With regard to both domestic and foreign policy, he is promoting the most reactionary ideas of the political sector he represents, in every possible field. His sole philosophy seems to be a government of the wealthiest, by the wealthiest and for the wealthiest, within and beyond his country’s borders. At this critical and uncertain time for humanity, the empire is attempting to use its tremendous military, economic and technological power to impose the interests of its increasingly vast transnational corporations on the entire planet. government is proving to be more self serving, more insatiable and less cooperative with the rest of the world than ever before. citizens. territory with strategic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Given that the empire’s real strategic goal is to reduce Russia, China and the world to a state of total helplessness, the threat of a new arms race in the midst of grave global problems has arisen with unexpected and troubling imminence. What is more, the president of the United States has just announced in Genoa that the superpower will not abide by the Convention on Bacteriological Weapons.

Despite all the talk about the end of the cold war, the United States’ military budget, far from being reduced, has been increased year by year. New and sophisticated weapons, fit for nothing less than absolute control over the world, are being developed at a feverish pace. This has all been accompanied by other troubling events, such as the attempt to obstruct peace and reunification in Korea, and the brutal veto, a short time ago, of a Security Council resolution aimed at protecting the Palestinian people, the victims of a true genocide.

Why are all these steps being taken? Where are they leading? There can be neither peace nor development in the world under these conditions. The very survival of the human race will be seriously threatened by such absurd and unjustifiable decisions. government is that of obstructing any effort aimed at economic and political unity among the countries of Latin America, removing Europe and the industrialized countries of Asia from trade competition and investment in our region, and imposing a free trade agreement that would essentially signify the annexation of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. transnationals would be the exclusive owners of the most important and profitable lines of production and services in the hemisphere. Hundreds of millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean would become nothing more than a source of cheap labor.

Such a future is neither acceptable nor viable. Throughout the world, people are fighting back against the globalization of plunder, poverty and hunger. Neither the IMF, nor the WTO, nor the Group of Seven and other such institutions, nor the ideologues of neoliberalism can find a single place on the planet to meet anymore. Seattle, Washington, Davos, Quebec and Genoa, with their brutal scenes of repression, have demonstrated this. Those who represent or defend the suicidal and unsustainable world order being imposed on humanity can only meet in fortified bunkers, with the use of protective gear, noxious gases, rubber bullets,
high pressure water hoses and armored vehicles specially designed to suppress those who protest with ever less fear and ever greater courage.

Cuba has never accepted and will never accept this world order, just as it never accepted the status of a neocolony of the United States and, for that very reason, carried out a profound revolution. administration cannot hide the resentment bred by the empire’s impotence to force our heroic people into surrender. All of its statements, even before its fraudulent election, ooze hatred for our country. citizens who visit our country. In addition, that administration nominated as the assistant secretary of state for Latin American affairs a genuine gangster of Cuban descent, with an extremely shady past and close links to the Miami terrorist mob. This is an individual who has broken laws, written and published statements supposedly signed by Nicaraguan Contra leaders, and worked with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Luis Posada Carriles on tasks assigned to them by the White House aimed at overthrowing the Sandinista government. territory by air, from anywhere in the world, even if they are carrying false documents. government has failed to adopt measures against migrant smugglers working out of Florida, who risk the lives and cause the deaths of women, children and other citizens of Cuba. It has passed regulations that tighten the blockade and make it impossible in practice for Cuba to acquire food, medicine and medical equipment from the United States.

The blockade of food and medicine constitutes a crime of genocide even in times of war, as is clearly stipulated in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 and the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949, both of which were signed and ratified by both Cuba and the United States, along with the vast majority of states. These conventions grant the victimized country the power to try those who commit these crimes, as long as there is no international court to do so.

After the triumph of the Revolution, the government of the United States unleashed a wave of terrorism against our people. government is responsible for the use and development of such criminal forms of aggression. Before and after the mercenary invasion of Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisis which came about as the result of measures adopted in response to the United States’ plans to invade Cuba with its own military forces terrorist acts of all kinds were carried out in Cuban territory against factories, commercial centers, recreational facilities, schools, sugar cane plantations, food related facilities, and all kinds of economic and social facilities, almost without exception. government, their agents carried out a total of 5780 terrorist actions against our country, including 716 major acts of sabotage against economic targets.

Independently of the above mentioned actions, mercenary gangs organized and trained by the United States disrupted the peace in all the provinces of the country and murdered teachers, literacy campaign volunteers, workers and peasants in the areas where they operated.

Cuban diplomats were victims of terrorist acts and lost their lives both within the United States and elsewhere.

An airplane was blown up in mid air, taking the lives of dozens of innocent people. The mastermind of this and other major acts of terrorism freely walks the streets of Miami today. government institutions, which used them against Cuba. Their ties with these institutions were never broken. The FBI and CIA were fully aware of each and every one of the activities of these terrorists. They knew very well that they were the ones attacking recreational facilities on our coasts and planting bombs in hotels in our capital in the 1990s, the ones organizing and financing these acts from the United States.

In the last 15 years alone, dozens of plots to assassinate the head of the Cuban state have been continually organized, planned and financed from the United States. The most recent was scheduled to take place at the Ibero American Summit in Panama, barely eight months ago. The lives of numerous heads of state or hundreds of university students were in danger, depending upon the final decision adopted by the terrorists. The FBI and CIA knew about the plot in detail. government and its new president, assumed the role of direct responsibility for these actions. This is the same terrorist mob that served as the main means of support for the electoral campaign of the current president and perpetrated the scandalous fraud that brought him to this post.

This makes even more criminal and disgraceful the trial against five heroic Cuban patriots who, without using violence or causing the slightest physical harm to anyone, were fulfilling their sacred duty of gathering information on terrorist plots against Cuba. They were subjected to atrocious and inhumane treatment, confined to punishment cells for 17 months, as all of our people know.

What pretext did they use for doing this? That of providing help to those encouraged by the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act to take part in illegal emigration and migrant smuggling. What is more: when the charge was ridiculed and torn apart at the trial by the defense attorneys and by the defendants themselves, the jury was tricked, pressured and terrorized into declaring them guilty. Today, once again, like a cowardly reprisal for their courageous Message to the People of the United States,
they find themselves locked up in punishment cells.

When is compensation going to be paid for the crimes committed against our people and the damage caused by over 42 years of bloody aggression and the genocidal blockade?