Skip to comments.Cuba demands US gives back Guantanamo Bay
Posted on 02/14/2008 1:09:42 PM PST by chemical_boy
CUBA has demanded the US return Guantanamo Bay to the island nation and denounced the "war on terror" prison, where six detainees could face the death penalty. Cuba's Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque claimed today that suspects held in the US naval base in the southeastern tip of Cuba have been subjected to torture and face unfair legal treatment. Cuba rejects "the violation of human rights, unjust incarceration of prisoners held there without charges, and their appearance in courts without guarantees and in which they are convicted in advance,'' he told reporters. He did not directly refer to the case of six detainees facing charges that carry the death penalty. "We demand again the closure of the indecent Guantanamo prison, the return of the territory illegally occupied to our fatherland,'' Perez Roque said. The United States, which has occupied Guantanamo for more than 100 years, signed in 1934 a lease agreement with the Cuban government that could not be altered without agreement by both countries. Since 1960, a year after it came to power, Fidel Castro's communist government has refused the annual lease payment of 5000 dollars from the United States. The US Defence Department announced Monday that military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against six Al-Qaeda detainees on murder and conspiracy charges in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
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They picked an ideal for their demands.
No problem, Fidel. Any three of the POTUS candidates will gladly oblige.
Just try taking it away from us, chump.
...BWAHHAHAHHHHAAA!!!! Are they serious?! The country that has incarcerated librarians for shelving "the wrong kind of books"? A country whose people starve while El Presidente lavishes in one of his many palaces?
When you bring your prisons up to the standards of the Guantanamo Bay prison let us know. We will be glad to inspect them and discuss whatever you have on your alleged mind. Thanks for adding some humor to our day.
Given Cuba’s history since 1959 these demands and assertions are simply a bad joke.
Order up a Code Red for El Jefe.
With McCain, Hillary, or Obama our next president, this is indeed perfect timing on their part.
I want Jack Nicholson back on that wall!
US to Cuba fu!!!!!!!!!!
Fidel probably thinks the timing is good, remembering how Carter gave back the Panama Canal, and the three Democrats running (one sporting an 'R' patch) will behave similarly.
You have to hand it to him - It takes quite a pair for a Cuban official to complain about another government doing all of those things.
“Human rights abuses”...? Yea, Pot meet Kettle.
One thing you have to give to the commies, they do have a lot of chutzpa, especially when the western press will never ridicule them for those assertations.
OK Fidel...In return we demand Democracy for Cuba, release of all political prisoners, payment to the Cubans whose land you seized after your Revolucion, an end of all the agreements you have made over the years to all the rogue nations and dictatorships of the world, condemnation of Hugo Michaelovich Chavetski,removal of your brother Radrool
as CIC of the armed forces and his resignation from government, and a turnover of your government to the Cuban government in exile in Miami...Then, maybe, we’ll think about it...Your move...