A Cuban Hero's Challenge to the Hemisphere

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
"I would like to ask all of the people, organizations and governments of the world that have condemned the coup in Honduras to, with the same outrage, condemn the Castro regime for the suffering it has caused the Cuban people for half a century.

I'm profoundly struck by the double standard of those people and governments that purport to be democrats, that rally against the commercial and financial embargo of the United States towards the [Cuban] communist regime, and that oppose policies of isolation towards Havana -- yet, now advocate a policy of isolation towards the new government in Honduras.

It is not possible to, on the one hand, condemn a policy of isolation against the Castro regime, and on the other, seek to isolate Honduras."

Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez," Cuban pro-democracy leader and political prisoner, who served 17 years and 38 days, and was recently recognized with the 2009 Democracy Award -- in absentia -- by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Courtesy of Miscelaneas de Cuba.