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Reopening of US Embassy – Cuba, Invitees Are Not Preconditioned

Reopening of US Embassy: Cuba, Invitees Are Not Preconditioned /
Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera Duran
Posted on August 10, 2015

Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera Duran, Havana, 04 August 2015 — More
than 700 people attended the inauguration of the Cuban embassy in the
US, whether or not they agreed with the reestablishment of relations.
This event created great expectations that today are an irrevocable
reality. Many of those invited to the celebration were people recognized
as friends of Cuba.

Individuals who are against the policies carried out by the United
States towards Cuba for the last 57 years were received at the
diplomatic headquarters, without any reproach by the US government. In
addition, for more than 50 years, demonstrations by some US citizens in
favor of the Island have been permitted.

On the other hand, the US embassy in Havana is about to be
re-inaugurated this coming 14 of August, according to John Kerry himself
who announced it in a press conference. Let us hope that the same
conditions will be in place, with regard to whom US representatives can
invite, or not, to the opening of their diplomatic headquarters in Havana.

It is known that individuals or groups of Cubans who do not sympathize
with the Cuban government visit the current US Interests Section – a
fact that is constantly criticized by the Cuban government, which
roundly rejects that they should be received on the premises.

It is important to remember that in the great neighbor to the north, as
it is sometimes called, there exists democracy and the to
express opinions – both of which are yet to be “established” here. If
anyone who does not sympathize with the “Revolutionary government” is
invited to the dedication of the embassy in Havana, we shall see what
criticisms are made, and what are the limits of tolerance for the United

It remains to be seen whether in reality the changes are occurring in
Cuba that are necessary for us to be a country where citizens’ rights
are respected – rights such as free and choice of the
political system that will govern the nation – without the presence of
discrimination and abuse.

Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison

Source: Reopening of US Embassy: Cuba, Invitees Are Not Preconditioned /
Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera Duran | Translating Cuba –

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