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Castro not concerned with peace, justice and liberation

As a Cuban-American, I found it ironic to see a poster advertising a meeting to discuss "New Challenges for Workers in Revolutionary Cuba" in several places throughout the Institute, including a bulletin board for "Peace, Justice, Freedom & Liberation issues only."

I do not disagree with anybody's right to poster for this event, but I know well from the personal experience of my family that the Castro government has brought none of these things to Cuba.

The poster is full of glowing descriptions of social progress in Cuba since the revolution and advertises an event at which speakers sympathetic to the Cuban government will speak of its struggle to survive in a world where traditional communist systems are ending up where they belong: history's trash heap.

However, it fails to make any mention of the brutal repression that Castro has used to accomplish his social goals. While I believe that most of Latin America today, just like Cuba in 1959, is desperately in need of social reform, the expediency of reform does not justify the repressive means by which Castro has brought it.

The hundreds of thousands of Cubans of all races, creeds, classes and ideologies (including even some socialists and communists) who have fled the island since 1959, often having to cross shark-infested waters on small boats, bear witness to the failure of the present government.

To place a poster that praises rather than condemns the Cuban government alongside of other posters condemning human rights violations in other parts of the world is insulting to those who have had to endure Castro's repression and denigrates the legitimate efforts to point out human rights abuses throughout the world.

Federico "Fred" Garcia '91->