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World Socialist Review

edited extracts from a variety of anti-imperialist struggles

Cuba rejects US “diplomatic” provocations over Havana billboard lies
EDITORIAL – There is no need to burn papers
YESTERDAY, June 12, a rabid lapdog of the empire and the terrorist mafia in Miami, El Nuevo Herald, published an article titled, “U.S. Interests Section in Havana Under Siege,” in which it accuses the Cuban government of cutting off electricity and water supplies to that office as a response to what it describes as “a deepening of the diplomatic crisis,” that began when “the electronic billboard was installed on the facade of the Interests Section.”

According to the article, “the United States Interests Section in Havana had given instructions on Friday to its personnel to begin destroying all non-essential documents,” and it adds this suspicious conclusion: “The sources who offered this information to El Nuevo Herald consider the destruction of documents in the U.S. diplomatic offices in Havana to be the prelude to an evacuation, or as a minimum, a preparation for one if necessary.”

Tendentiously, the El Nuevo Herald article included a photo taken during one of the historic Marches of the Fighting People that passed by the Interests Section office (USIS) in which our people appear in the surroundings of that office reaffirming their rejection of the imperialist and genocidal policies toward Cuba. The objective of the photo is to manipulate readers into believing that right now and on a constant basis, the USIS is surrounded by our compatriots, when in reality what surrounds it is absolute normality and the only people there are specialized personnel charged with guarding that facility.

The article ends by slipping in a sentence that exposes the real hidden intentions behind this latest maneuver: “In response to the aggravation of the situation with respect to its offices, the U.S. Interests Section in Havana could be temporarily forced to suspend its activities, something that would explain the step of beginning to destroy important documents.”

A few hours later, evidently confirming the U.S. government’s part in the orchestration and direction of this campaign of lies, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack cynically insisted on accusing our government of harassing the USIS. Playing the victim, McCormack said that despite the supposed difficulties with electricity and water supplies, the osts was continuing to “do its work,” including its efforts to “reach out to the Cuban people,” and impudently affirmed that the alleged USIS problems could be linked to its activities of “offering basic information and facts to the Cuban people.”

Thus, the lying spokesman qualified as “doing its work” the growing attempts at espionage and subversion that the USIS is carrying out in Cuba. What he referred to as “efforts to reach out to the Cuban people” are the patronage, direction and generous financing of mercenary factions nursed by the USIS in Cuba and comprised of traitors and stoolies who collaborate with the implementation of the brutal blockade that is being used to attempt to bring our people to their knees through hunger and sickness. And, at the height of insolence, he describes as “offering basic information and facts to the Cuban people” the systematic launching of the crudest insults of our people via the electronic billboard, which, in violation of the most elemental regulations of international law, they think they can maintain with impunity on the facade of that imperial lair.

To get an idea of the type of “information and facts” that the USIS has been spreading via its electronic billboard, let’s take just one example: “Many decent Cuban women cannot live decently without doing something indecent. If you are young and pretty, what is more beneficial: to follow a career or a Spaniard?” (April 7 and 8)

In the afternoon, Drew Blakeney, spokesman for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, told a bald-faced lie in a statement to the press when he affirmed: “The regime’s increasing resort to bullying tactics in dealing with USIS and the Cuban people comes as no surprise; it has been trying to isolate and harass the Interests Section for some time.” He also added, “On Monday, June 5, at approximately 3:00 a.m., electric power to the main building of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana were cut off.”

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