Nobel Peace Laureate Condemns anti-Cuban Campaign
Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace laureate, has added his voice in support of the initiative by the Mexican and Brazilian chapters of the network ‘In Defense of Humanity’ in defense of the Cuban nation and people, which are being the victims of a slander campaign orchestrated by the United States and its European allies.
Internationally acknowledged for his work in the promotion of human rights, Pérez Esquivel criticized "the media of non-communication for seeking to impose a conditioned and restricted view in line with its political interests," while "remaining silent over Cuba’s solidarity with peoples most in need, including Haiti, and the advances of the Cuban people and the infamous U.S. blockade."
The call "In Defense of Cuba" was likewise signed yesterday by Bill Martínez, an eminent U.S. jurist and artistic events’ organizer who, in recent years, has headed up a program for the normalization of cultural relations between the United States and Cuba, restricted by Washington’s policy of hostility toward the Caribbean island nation.
Cuba 'will not cede to blackmail'
Elsewhere Cuban President Raúl Castro struck out President Raúl Castro at the international criticism over hunger-striking dissidents, the telling the annual congress of the Young Communist League that Cuba will "never cede to blackmail".
Mr Castro said the US and Europe were using Western media to wage "a ferocious campaign" to discredit Cuba.
"We will never yield to the blackmail of any country or group of countries, no matter how powerful they may be, no matter what happens," he said.
"We have the right to defend ourselves."