Raul Castro Denounces US Siege on Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua

“None of us who attacked the Moncada together with Fidel could dream that we would be alive 65 years later and with a free, independent and sovereign country…”


HAVANA TIMES – Former Cuban President Raul Castro said today that the United States wants to lay siege against adverse countries such as Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and called to “respond to every challenge,” reported dpa news.

“For us, as for Venezuela and Nicaragua, it is very clear that the fence is closing in, and our people must be alert and prepared to respond to each challenge with unity, firmness, optimism and unwavering faith in victory,” said the leader of the all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba.

Dressed in his general’s uniform, Castro spoke at the 65th anniversary commemoration of the assault on the Moncada Barracks in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, the first failed attempt by Fidel Castro to seize power.

“Once again, an adverse scenario has been created and the euphoria in our enemies resurfaces,” Castro told thousands of people gathered for the rally broadcast live on state television.

Castro referred to current relations between Cuba and the USA, as “formal diplomatic ties” and noted that the White House’s pronouncements on the island are “characterized by disrespect, aggressiveness, interventionism and the crude manipulation of historical truth. ”

Relations between the two countries have been strained since last year when Washington denounced a series of alleged attacks on its diplomats stationed in Havana, which caused them hearing loss, dizziness and other symptoms, but whose origin has not yet been identified.

The new Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, accompanied Castro with the rest of the Cuban leadership in the celebration of National Rebellion Day, to commemorate the assault on the Moncada barracks against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista back in 1953.

“None of us who attacked the Moncada together with Fidel could dream that we would be alive 65 years later and with a free, independent and sovereign country, a socialist revolution in power with such accomplishments achieved,” said Raul Castro.

15 thoughts on “Raul Castro Denounces US Siege on Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua

  • August 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    WHO is “Dan “? Just think about it!

  • August 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    The irony is that your strident anti-government views – if the shoe were on the other foot and you lived as a permanent resident in the US and were critical of our government – would get you deported. Cuba- which obviously is easily able to read your hundreds of posts – allows you to stay. Sort of belies everything you say about Cuba. BTW, have you improved your Spanish yet ?

  • July 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    These are the three poorest Spanish speaking countries in the world, I’d say that the world is watching them — long fail.

  • July 29, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I Michael Davis Sr/ Captain Deufuss am not “blinded by hatred”. Because my home is in Cuba and I spend the majority of my time there with my wife, family, friends and community, I can fully justify my detestation of communism and the dictatorship of the Castro regime. In writing my book about Cuba, I did a lot of research to add to my experience of living there. Read it and you might just learn a little!

    As for Trump, I regard him as a temporary four year aberration who has lost the US its position of being the leader of the free world and is an embarrassment for a very high percentage of thinking Americans. I admit there are those who think of him as a national hero for pursuing isolationism, but that will come back to bite them. If you think that Obama was bad (but not impeached which may occur with Trump), I think that you would logically think of the Castro regime as despicable. The use of exaggerated phraseology as practiced by President Trump when addressing his ardent baying followers or making his ‘tweets’, does little to indicate any “genius” as you claim, certainly his linguistic talents appear limited. But, love blinds all!
    You speak critically of “unfettered capitalism”, so that must include your beloved President?
    My purpose in contributing to discussion in Havana Times is to fully describe the reality of Cuba and its political system which not only imprisons Cubans physically, but attacks even their human right of freedom of expression and thought. I care not a whit whether Americans or others prefer to address the sins and errors of Donald J. Trump. To me in these discussions he is largely an irrelevance.
    Finally, you deceive yourself by suggesting that Cubans under a totalitarian dictatorship would be able to pursue the Trump “formula” and have “prosperity for the masses”. Such comment demonstrates ignorance of the reality that faces Cubans daily.

  • July 29, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Carlyle, I did address the issues relevent to the article, but apparently you didn’t read past the second sentence. Read onward, and then respond, you missed the primary point I am making. Are you that blinded by hatred, that you can’t get past the names of “Casrtro” and “Trump”. The treasonous aberation here was Obama and the Clintons, but thankfully they have been deposed. The opportunity for prosperity for the masses in the USA is being restored. The proof is in the results, and it’s undeniable, unless you lie to yourself. Follow the formula, and you will see opportunity for prosperity for the masses in Cuba too.

  • July 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings! Anyone who “admires what I am seeing in Cuba” ought to be obliged to live under the repressive regime for just one year on the average Cuban income. To suggest that Cubans are even able to engage in a “serious intellectual debate” demonstrates ignorance of the way of life enforced upon Cubans.

  • July 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    There is one very obvious difference between Raul Castro Ruz and Donald J. Trump(f). Raul has succeeded in being a dictator, Donald although envious, has not and will not. US citizens are protected by being a democracy with Donald being a temporary aberration, Cuban citizens have no such protection and are subject to the permanent iron grip of Communist dictatorship and the repression that is inherent with it. So, there is no valid comparison.
    All that is going on with the comments of NomaN, Nick and Michael Davis Sr/Captain Deufuss is endeavor to divert discussion of the evils of communism in Cuba and Raul Castros support for similar repression in Venezuela and Nicaragua onto gripes about Trump(f). It doesn’t work fellows! Why not address the article?

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