LINK: #RoyalShame Clips LINK: Senator Scott Letter
LINK: POLITICAL PRISONERS Campaign
Miami, Florida – March 22, 2019 –Cuban Democratic Directorate (Directorio)- We vehemently oppose the ill-advised “RoyalVisitCuba”sanctioned by the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which is set to begin this Sunday, March 24 in Cuba. Prince Charles and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, will be knowingly playing into a propaganda schedule carefully staged to enhance the image of the criminal Communist Regime. For the Royal Monarchy to lend its name to such a spectacle of total disregard for crimes against humanity taking place for decades by their host regime is a #RoyalShame.
We applaud Senator Rick Scott and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart for reiterating the facts to the British Government in writing (attached) as well as in meetings and to the media. These facts include the obvious contradiction to the stance which it took in support of interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido. During that time the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated, “those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account.” A bold statement of solidarity with Venezuela one week followed by the announcement of cozying up with “those” violators at the very top the next.
This past November Prince Charles met with Diaz-Canel of Cuba’s Communist Regime in London on the Prince’s 70th birthday. This shows that the decision to ignore crimes against humanity has been in the works for some time. In an interview with Travel Trade Caribbean later that same month, Dr. Anthony Stokes, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Cuba, explained both nations' current relationship, saying that “in terms of commercial exchange and diplomatic relations, .” He the current climate was full of potential as both countries embarked on a period of strengthening ties also talked about “a cultural programme in place to strengthen ties between both nations.” Shortly after that interview, Diaz-Canel signed Decree 349, presented by Raul Castro formally criminalizes the arts in Cuba. Further proof that no amount of diplomacy can change the criminal nature of this regime; on the contrary, it emboldens them.
The Duchess of Cornwall who serves as the President of Women of the World “WOW” Festival, celebrating the achievements of women and girls as well as looking at the obstacles they face across the world, will be arriving in Cuba on a Sunday. Ironically, March 24th marks the 182 consecutive Sunday (and counting) that the Ladies in White in Cuba will face violence, arbitrary arrests, and imprisonment this time, while the Royals are being entertained by their oppressors. This is just another example of a regrettable blossoming relationship marred by obvious contradictions in the desire to try to justify placing commerce above morality.
#RoyalShame is in response to #RoyalVisitCuba, featuring a series of short clips debunking the myth of topics the regime is vigorously spinning as part of this visit such as architecture, culture and the environment. Most importantly, are the images of current political prisoners being
posted alongside the message “No Pleasure without Conscience”.
Ladies in White
For 181 consecutive Sundays and counting, the Ladies in White attempt to walk to Santa Rita Church in the neighborhood of Lawton, Havana. They carry flowers and signs asking for the release of all political prisoners. They endure violence, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment at the hands of the criminal Communist Regime.https://www.damasdeblanco.org/