STATEMENT SUPPORTING CUBA AGAINST BUSH'S ATTACKS
- Initiated by the International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition -

We invite you to sign this statement in solidarity with
the people of Cuba. To add your name, go to
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/cuba/sign.html

STOP BUSH'S NEW AGGRESSION AGAINST CUBA

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, view
with great concern the intensifying campaign of subversion
and aggression against Cuba, directed by the U.S.
government.

We in the U.S. progressive and anti-war movement recognize
our obligation to expose and organize against the Bush
administration's plans to overthrow the government of
Cuba. Under the rubric of the "war against terrorism" the
Bush administration has aggressively embarked on a
campaign to carry out the overturn of governments that
seek to maintain independent control over their own land
and resources. At stake in Cuba are the considerable
social and economic gains of the people made in spite of
overwhelming opposition from the government representing
the most powerful country in the world.

On April 7, James Cason, chief of the U.S. Interests
Section in Havana and the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba,
declared, "all of our allies agree that their policy goal
in Cuba is, ultimately, the same as ours: the rapid and
peaceful transition to a democratic government
characterized by strong support for human rights and an
open market economy." He stated on the same day, "the
Administration's top priority is to promote a rapid,
peaceful transition."

Coming from a U.S. government representative, the meaning
is clear: "transition" translates to overthrow.

In the wake of the war on Iraq, there is no corner of the
world that is safe today from U.S. aggression. This is
especially the case for Cuba, part of whose national
territory remains under U.S. military occupation. U.S.
diplomats have warned Cuba, along with Iran, Syria and
North Korea, to "learn the lessons of Iraq."

Over the past 43 years Cuba has suffered the loss of 3,478
of its citizens from numerous acts of terrorism,
invasions, assassinations, assassination attempts,
biological warfare and blockade. The government of one
country has perpetrated these illegal acts against Cuba:
the government of the United States.

The United States government has imposed an economic and
political blockade on the island nation for more than 40
years, causing $70 billion damage to Cuba's economy, and
inflicting unnecessary suffering on the most vulnerable in
Cuban society. The U.S. military has continued to maintain
and expand its naval base at Guantanamo Bay, a legacy of
colonialism. Today, hundreds of people -- including
children under the age of 16 years -- are being imprisoned
and interrogated by the U.S. at Guantanamo with no
recourse whatsoever to due process.

Recently, a coordinated campaign of aggressions and
foreign subversion against Cuba has been revealed,
indicating the U.S. may be setting the stage for a renewed
confrontation with Cuba.

The trial of the 75 Cuban individuals arrested in March
uncovered the directing role of the U.S. Interests Section
in guiding, financing, and organizing subversive actions
against the Cuban government. The U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) has funneled some $20
million in support to anti-government organizations in
Cuba as a part of this counter-revolutionary campaign.
After the popular revolution that overthrew the
U.S.-backed dictatorship of Batista in 1959, the U.S.
government has resorted to invasion, nuclear threats,
biological and chemical attacks, assassination attempts
and murders, C.I.A. financed and organized "opposition,"
and economic destabilization. For forty years the
overthrow of the Cuban government has been a priority for
U.S. policy makers. The Bush administration's goal is to
carry out regime change and replace the Cuban government
with a puppet regime. It is a testament to the popular
support of the Cuban government and its ability to stand
up and confront U.S. aggression that the people of Cuba
have successfully repelled overt and covert attempts to
recolonize their country.

Over the past seven months, a series of seven armed
airplane and boat hijackings have occurred in Cuba -- an
exceptionally high number in such a short time. The
hijackings have together endangered the lives of hundreds
of people. Thus far, the Justice Department has failed to
prosecute any of the hijackers who arrived in the U.S.
Despite having committed the terrorist crime of air
piracy, several have been released on bail.

At the same time, the U.S. Interests Section has virtually
stopped granting visas to Cubans applying for admission to
the United States. Under the 1995 U.S.-Cuba Migratory
Agreement, the U.S. agreed to grant 20,000 entry visas to
the U.S. annually. The purpose of the 1995 agreement was
to assure a safe, legal and orderly immigration process.

However, from October 2002 to Feb. 2003, the first five
months of the accord's calendar year, only 505 visas were
granted to Cubans wishing to enter the U.S. This fact must
be understood in conjunction with the Cuban Adjustment Act
(CAA) of 1966, a law which uniquely accords Cuban
immigrants the right to U.S. residency and financial
assistance if they set foot on U.S. soil. Cutting off
legal channels for immigration while the CAA remains in
effect, serves as open invitation to Cubans to immigrate
illegally to the U.S. Non-prosecution of even those
individuals who hijack planes to get to the U.S., means
that the U.S. government is openly encouraging the most
dangerous forms of terrorism against Cuba.

As a fact of international law, which recognizes the
rights of states to defend their sovereignty, Cuba is
exercising its legal right and responsibility to defend
and protect its people against foreign government
subversion, terrorism, and other forms of U.S. aggression.

In light of these developments, and understanding the real
dangers that Cuba faces from the U.S. government:

1) We demand that the Bush Administration cease and desist
from the current campaign of attacks on the Cuban people
and government.

2) We call on the U.S. government to end its blockade
against Cuba, to lift restrictions on travel, and to end
its ongoing multi-faceted war against the Cuban
government.

3) We further call upon the Bush Administration to free
the five Cubans who are imprisoned in the U.S. for trying
to stop Miami-based terrorism against their people.

- Initiated by the International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition -

To add your name to this statement in solidarity with the
people of Cuba, go to
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/cuba/sign.html

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