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Cuban Dissidents Ask Bush to Aid [Their Hurricane-Stricken Country]
El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | September 4, 2008 | AP

Posted on 09/08/2008 9:07:24 AM PDT by rrstar96

(English-language translation)

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban dissidents sent U.S. President George Bush a letter asking him to temporarily suspend some of the sanctions against the island so aid may be sent following hurricane Gustav.

"We ask you that, at least for two months, you lift the restrictions of the embargo that concern the relations between the exiled Cubans and those who live in the island," read a letter signed by Martha Beatriz Roque and Vladimiro Roca on behalf of a small group called Agenda for the Transition.

The dissidents asked for permission to send money and packages and for Cuban-Americans to travel to the island to have physical contact.

Hurricane Gustav damaged some 100,000 dwellings and forced the authorities to shelter some 400,000 people, in addition to causing considerable damage to the electric-power system and telecommunications.

"Knowing the Cuban government's instransigence in accepting aid from your country, we are appealing to the highest authority there to request that American non-governmental organizations be allowed to come to the aid of this region," further stated the letter, [copies of] which were sent to foreign media and [Cuban] President Raúl Castro.

Consulted by AP, Roque indicated that the letter was delivered on Wednesday afternoon to the Office of United States Interests in this capital, and officials confirmed to her on Thursday that the White House already received it.

For five decades, Washington has maintained a harsh embargo against Cuba in order to force a change in the Communist-government system and support dissident movements.


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cuba; dissidents; gustav; hurricane
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To: The Cuban

yawn


21 posted on 09/09/2008 6:49:54 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Your flip comments make me beleive you think Jesus spoke English. He did not.


22 posted on 09/09/2008 7:39:20 PM PDT by The Cuban
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To: oh8eleven

Your flip comments make me beleive you think Jesus spoke English. He did not.


23 posted on 09/09/2008 7:39:27 PM PDT by The Cuban
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To: dfwgator
Let Sean Penn go down there and bail out the water with Dixie Cups.

I notice you said cups as in two or more, of course conservatives take more than one.

Libs like Penn only take one and it has a hole in it. Symbolism doesn't bail much water.

24 posted on 09/11/2008 11:45:10 AM PDT by TYVets
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