In an open letter published Saturday on his blog, young Cuban writer Julio Alejandro Gomez Pereda, responded to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s attacks on Cuba’s deceased leader Fidel Castro, a few months after a letter he published to President Barack Obama gained him national and international fame.
Trump issued a characteristically undiplomatic statement after first issuing an odd tweet that seemed to suggest he was celebrating the death of Fidel. He just tweeted “Fidel Castro is dead!” but later he issued a longer statement calling Fidel a “brutal dictator” and yearning for a “free Cuba.”
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” the statement read. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
Pereda’s tone changed from “respectful and courteous” with Obama, “a man that has maintained a minimum of diplomatic composure when dealing with Cuba,” to Trump, who “chose the worse day to talk about Fidel Castro in these words, and remaining silent before such comments would be like accepting your attacks and looking the other way while remaining on my knees.”
When he read Trump’s “absurd” tweet around eight in the morning, recalled Gomez, he immediately replied to his official account, but as Trump made more “unfortunate comments” later on that day, the need to respond in a longer letter became more urgent.
“Mr. Trump, you do not know Fidel Castro, you don’t know anything about Cuban history and you demonstrate it with your offensive and absurd words. You behave like a puppet of the most despicable and cheap kind of politics,” he said.
“Your comments are disrespectful to a people that loved and suffers from the loss of its historical leader; your comments don’t take into account the basic honor and respect that should exist between opponents,” he added.
“You can be certain that the Cuban people won’t forget your words and will remember them before every single step that we take with your administration. Don’t think we are afraid of your measures or your craziness, we know how to get by despite the major lack of needs provoked by the empire, we are open to a peaceful and respectful cohabitation, but we are not one of these peoples that do not pay tribute to their dead, we defend them tooth and nail, at whatever cost, including against the harassment from the part of your administration, which is a prelude of the empire’s downfall.”
“By calling our Fidel a brutal dictator, I remember (Cuban revolutionary leader and poet) Ruben Martinez Villena, when standing in front of the dictator Gerardo Machado. He discovered a brutal, cruel man who knew nothing about communism and was a threat to Latin America. That’s why I believe that you deserve being named the same way as that tyrant: donkey with claws!”
Gomez concluded his letter saying “Believe me, there is no better pleasure than ending by saying that Cuba is and will always be a people of ‘Homeland or Death’ and that along with Fidel we will be “Hasta la Victoria Siempre!”
During the presidential campaign, Trump said he would support opposition groups in Cuba and would revisit President Obama’s restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
by teleSUR / md-RT
teleSUR, November 27, 2016