Leaked video shows hardline views
By Nora Gámez Torres
August 22, 2017 02:37 PM
In a videotaped private meeting with Communist Party members, Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel — often portrayed as a moderate politician with a quiet disposition — took on an all too familiar hardline tone that offered a rare glimpse into his ideology.
In the video, which has quickly spread across social media platforms, Díaz-Canel lashed out against Cuban dissidents, independent media and embassies of several European countries, accusing them all of supporting subversive projects.
For the United States, he had this message: Cuba will not make any concessions.
“The U.S. government... invaded Cuba, put the blockade [embargo] in place, imposed restrictive measures. Cuba did not do any of that, so in return for nothing they have to solve those asymmetries if they want relations and if they want normalization of the relations,” Díaz-Canel said in the February meeting captured on video and published by Cuban dissident Antonio Rodiles on YouTube this week.
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“We do not have to give anything in return,” Díaz-Canel said.
The vice president and presumed successor to Raúl Castro, who has said he will retire in 2018, also warned of the existence of an “American design” aimed at the “political and economic conquest” of Cuba. He also noted that the process of normalization of relations initiated by former President Barack Obama was just a different way of attempting “the destruction of the revolution.”Read More...