By Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – The US government never gets tired of making mistakes and running into the same wall. Desperate because its foreign policy against revolutionary governments has repeatedly failed, they are now accusing Cuba of being responsible for setbacks in its attempts to bring about a change of government in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
They have even gone so far as claiming that Cuba has 20,000 soldiers deployed in Venezuela, so as to justify their failure.
They have played out the same script against Cuba on more than one occasion, trying to convert common criminals (people who were locked away for non-political reasons) into leaders of the counter-revolution, paying them and their relatives off to make deceiving statements, written up by the US Embassy. I’m not going to talk about previous cases of this, which I have discussed in other articles when they took place.
The latest case of this involves Jose Daniel Ferrer, an individual with an awful criminal record, accused of beating his ex-wife, even when she was still pregnant (6 months pregnant!), and more recently, of allegedly kidnapping a citizen, needing help from another two criminals, beating and torturing the man all night long, to the point that he needed to be admitted into hospital.
Does the Empire’s improvised politicians believe that they will get anywhere by using people like this? Aren’t there any decent people who are willing to serve as mercenaries and be on a foreign power’s payroll? I’d like to invite my readers to think about that for a moment or two.
The slander and lies campaign has been huge this time around, and it has taken over most of the Right’s main press around the world so as to try and deceive public opinion and to get certain figures, who are easily manipulated and then serve as puppets, to stand by their policy.
It’s no coincidence that OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro’s horrible face is appearing on TV screens, saying that the coordinator of the organization they call UnPaCu, was arrested by police, that his whereabouts were unknown and that he was being held as a prisoner of conscience.
They even got the European Parliament talking about this with their string of lies, and to pass a resolution against this alleged “human rights violation”, which came dressed in lies. Knowing nothing about the subject (or Cuba for that matter), Almagro and right-wing politicians in the European Parliament have played a sad role, blowing up a balloon that Donald Trump’s Secretary of State had prepared so as to defame Cuba and to try and justify its failed economic war policy.
As a result of this shower of lies in the media, Cuban TV revealed a video which compiled different moments from this whole story, which put all of the lies that were circulating globally to rest, once and for all.
One of the images shows the Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy instructing the criminal’s wife on what she would say to TV cameras, and then she says that Jose Daniel had lost half of his body weight, that he was poorly fed, had no access to medical assistance in the time he was arrested, that he had poor eyesight and that when they went to visit him, he could hardly hug them because he was so badly beaten.
First of all, the statement his wife made was full of lies, it contradicts the people who said they didn’t know his whereabouts. Secondly, the family visit was recorded, and you can see him hugging his wife and children, with all of his body weight, too much I’d say. The video also includes an interview with the doctor who saw him in the prison, who said that Jose Daniel was in perfect health and his weight corresponded to his height.
The lie that he was badly beaten was contradicted in the video, because you see him banging his head against a table and shouting that the police who were guarding him were banging his head against the table. But he didn’t know that cameras were filming these scenes of self-harm.
The only thing that Imperialism gains with this new slander campaign is greater rejection from dignified peoples across the world.