By Alexis Pérez Photo: Ernesto Peña
Las Tunas,Cuba,Feb 24 (P-26).- For Ana María Labrada, Masielis Barea, Yilian Leyva and Bárbara Céspedes, librarianship students at the Ramiro Guerra Technical College in Puerto Padre, it is clear that elections in Cuba are an exercise in
democracy to which all citizens have a right.
“Here, everybody can elect or be elected to represent people in their neighborhood, municipality, province and even the nation assembly,” said one of them, “And nobody lloks at the color of your skin, sex or age.” “Economic or social status is not important for people to be chosen and elected,” argued another one. “And they don’t spend tons of money in electoral propaganda so they can get elected.”
“We youngsters also have the right to be elected,” explains Yilian, noting that “age does not stand in the way of you getting to represent the people.” “What is important—says Masielis—is that you be a responsible person of proven loyalty.”
Fernando Zapata never was a political prisoner, as some press media are saying, really he was a common prisoner who was used by Cuban “dissident” , I am sorry, by Cuban mercenaries in order to have a “symbol”.
The only one responsible of his death has been who encourages to do hunger strike like Radio Marti and so called “dissidents”, they are the true responsible on behalf of the human rights, but the intention is to try to demonstrate that in Cuba it doesn’t respect human rights.
Zapata in prison was cared by doctors and there was not skimp on resources to save his life, because in our country the human is more important than any thing.
Mr. Bill Nelson, you are the most responsible for Zapata’s death, you know very well that in Cuba there is not “oppressión” . Why do you not see on the inside your country, its prisons, the starving people, unemployed. Why do you say that in Cuba there is a dictatorship and don’t say that in your country exist an empire wich kills innocent people in Iraq, Afganistan, Latinamaerican and every where.
That is the true.
Playa del Carmen, México, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, affirmed today that unity is a historic need for Latin America.
“Enough of so much colonialism,” said Chavez when reiterating it is the hour of liberty and true independence “which we still have not achieved”, during a press conference at the end of the Summit of Unity of Latin America and the Caribbean celebrated in this Mexican resort.
The Venezuelan leader greeted that the meeting had ratified unanimously to give his country “the great task of starting to organize the summit in July, 2011.”
We hope that next year in Caracas it will be possible to approve the basic principles of the organization, the community, the unity of states or republics which has begun to be born in the continent, added the president.
The President of Venezuela, who extolled the advances of the continent in the area of integration, recognized the value that this new commitment of Latin America and the Caribbean does not include the United States or Canada.
Chavez predicted that “only unity will make us free” and said the idea emerged in this “deep, heroic, Mexico”, that allowed the dream of Bolivar to be reborn.
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 23 (acn) Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva will arrive in Cuba
on Tuesday for a working visit, at the invitation of Cuban President Ral Castro.
During his stay, the Brazilian head of state will hold talks with his Cuban counterpart and will visit places of economic interest, the Granma and Juventud Rebelde newspapers report on Tuesday.
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 23 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro participated actively in the sessions
that took place on Monday at the Summit for Latin American and Caribbean Unity, underway at
the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.
The Cuban president held bilateral meetings with other heads of state and attended others of consultation and exchanges on matters of vital importance on the event’s agenda, the Granma newspaper reports.
After travelling from the airport to the Grand Velas Hotel -the Summit’s venue, located in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo-, Raul was officially welcomed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
He immediately greeted several heads of state and prime ministers, with whom he spoke.
The Juventud Rebelde newspaper reports that Cuba’s presence in the Summit after its official incorporation to the Group of Rio in 2008 stands out, and adds that the approval of a resolution condemning the US blockade against the island, as indicated from preparatory works carried out by foreign ministers during the days prior to the meeting, is among the purposes of the Summit.
Several heads of state addressed participants on Monday to express their condemnation of that unjust US policy, among them the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez -who also called for the abolition of the Helms-Burton Law-, and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.