The Guardian April 2, 2003


Cuban Government statement
Cuba acts against saboteurs

Our people have reacted with deep outrage to the public denunciation of 
the shameless and repeated acts of provocation by the Chief of the United 
States Interests Section in Cuba, James Cason, acts that have clearly been 
conceived and carried out as part of the current US administration's 
hostile and aggressive policy towards Cuba, with the close co-operation and 
support of the Miami terrorist mob and the extreme right wing in the United 
States.

The people's outrage has grown even greater in the face of the cowardly and 
cruel measures of revenge adopted against the five Cubans who have been 
arbitrarily and spuriously sentenced to unjust, lengthy and in some cases 
lifelong prison terms, far from their homeland and their families.

The Cuban Government strictly complies with the norms and principles that 
govern diplomatic relations between states.

It has tried and will continue to try to act with extreme calm as it 
provides and will always provide, as it does with all others, full 
guarantees for the security of the US diplomatic personnel who work in our 
country.

Nevertheless, Cuba finds itself obliged to limit the movements of US 
diplomatic personnel within Cuban territory, in reciprocity with the 
measures recently adopted by the United States against our own diplomatic 
personnel in Washington.

No country, no matter how powerful it may be, has any right to turn its 
diplomatic representation into the organiser, financier, director and 
headquarters of activities aimed at destabilising and subverting the 
constitutional order, infringing the law, conspiring against social 
development, boycotting economic relations, threatening the security and 
destroying the independence of another country.

Using diplomatic facilities, immunities and exemptions to openly carry out 
such activities is a highly unusual and cynical undertaking. Thus, the 
norms provided by international law will be applied against this practice.

Obviously, the goal of the enemies of our Revolution is to strike out 
against and damage the relations and ties of friendship that have patiently 
and progressively been forged between the peoples of Cuba and the United 
States, as the truth has gradually come to light, despite the deluge of 
lies and slander that have rained down on public opinion in the United 
States and the world regarding our country and its unsurpassable record of 
justice and humanism, in the midst of an unjust and ruthless blockade.

We greatly value these relations with the people of the United States and 
we will continue to strive for them, regardless the difficulties that may 
arise.

For these reasons, several dozen people directly linked with the 
conspiratorial activities carried out by Mr James Cason have been arrested 
by the corresponding authorities and will stand trial in the courts of 
justice.

The Revolution has often been generous and tolerant by virtue of its 
immense political strength and its capacity to withstand all kinds of 
aggression in all areas. It has demonstrated this throughout 44 years.

It demonstrated it from a human perspective with the Bay of Pigs 
mercenaries, who spent barely a few months in prison; with the hundreds of 
counte-rrevolutionaries involved in assassination plots against the leaders 
of the Revolution; and with the thousands who have perpetrated acts of 
sabotage and other crimes, all of them at the service of the US Government, 
and have been released before fully serving their prison sentences, and 
even allowed to travel to and reside in the United States.

Adequately severe laws against serious acts carried out in complicity with 
the enemy that seeks to destroy us have not been applied, although they are 
fully in force.

This should not lead anyone to believe that acts of treason at the service 
of a foreign power, which threaten the security and interests of our heroic 
country will meet with guaranteed impunity.

Generosity and tolerance cannot be expected of the Revolution when we are 
witnesses to such brutal and abhorrent acts as the cruel and inhuman 
treatment being endured by our five heroic compatriots, who risked their 
lives to defend their people and even the people of the United States from 
terrorism and death, while mercenaries with neither scruples nor 
conscience, the vast majority of them full-time loafers that live off of 
selling shreds of the homeland for the gold of the empire, expecting 
impunity.

Those who are familiar with the Cuban Revolution know very well that it is 
not given to bluffing, and that there is no power in the world that can 
intimidate it.

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