Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Press Contact: Frank Calzon
 February 17, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (202) 427-3875


In an urgent letter sent to five congressmen and three senators, which is circulating on Capitol Hill this afternoon, the Center for a Free Cuba charges that “Obama bureaucrats are still running US Cuba policy,” despite President Donald Trump’s commitment on reciprocity as the basis for relations between Washington and Havana.

The letter says that Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of General Raul Castro’s embassy in Washington, will visit Montana State University next week to orchestrate support for the Cuban regime, but that no American diplomats have been invited to speak at Cuban universities on the island.  

Indeed, in a troublesome indication of the still dictatorial nature of the Cuban government, David Mauri Cardoso a 22 year old university student was just expelled from the University of Cienfuegos. His “crime?”  Referring to Fidel Castro as a dictator in a Spanish literature test in which a political question had been included. 

The letter, signed by Frank Calzon, executive director of Center for a Free Cuba was sent to Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  Ted Cruz (R-TX) and congressmen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz Balart (R—FL), Carlos Curbelo  (R-FL), and Chris Smith (R-NJ).

While Mr. Fraga visits Montana, Amnesty International continues to circulate a petition to General Raul Castro asking for the immediate release of Dr. Eduardo Cardet, a physician, a Christian Democrat, and prisoner of conscience unjustly imprisoned for defending human rights and civil liberties in Cuba.
Copies of the letter. Amnesty International Urgent Action Appeal and Mr. Fraga’s Montana schedule were included with the letter.