A coalition of Cuban dissidents representing a number of anti-communist groups on the island have released a video denouncing the Islamist massacre in San Bernardino, California, featuring a moment of silence and a chant denouncing international terrorism.
The video – published by the Resistance and Civil Disobedience Front Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a peaceful anti-communist group named after a political prisoner who died during a hunger strike – features a number of dissidents making a clear statement of opposition to terrorism. “We want to extend our condolences and our support to the families of those murdered cowardly by terrorist acts in the events that occurred yesterday in the US – acts we will not support, nor will the rest of the world,” one dissident tells the camera.
“We extend our solidarity to the families and condemn this act of terror and all terrorist acts being executed against freedom and rights,” he adds, noting that the rights against which terrorists act are those “that we are demanding and fighting for here, along with the people of Cuba.”
A second dissident adds a statement of support for the people of France following the terror attacks in Paris: “We condemn all terrorist acts anywhere they may occur because we are pacifist fighters in cuba and are opposed to any terrorism around the world.” After a moment of silence, the crowd chants: “To international terrorism we say: No, No and No.”
The “No, No and No” slogan is the rallying cry of a new campaign against the Castro regime, which has escalated its violent suppression of political opposition in the months following President Obama’s concessions to Raúl Castro, intended to begin a diplomatic “normalization” process between the two nations. Among the concessions to the Castro regime was the removal of Cuba from the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list despite the nation’s decades-old history of supporting some of the world’s most violent terrorist organization. The Obama administration alleged that Cuba “has not provided any support for international terrorism” in six months at the time and, as such, was eligible for removal. Five months later, in September, Raúl Castro appeared at a press conference alongside FARC leader “Timochenko” and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to celebrate the inking of a deal that would allow most FARC terrorists to escape jail time or extradition.
Havana is currently home to most of the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist terrorist organization whose death toll has been compared to that of the Islamic State and has established a multi-million-dollar drug trafficking enterprise in the Western Hemisphere. The FARC is the wealthiest non-jihadist terror organization in the world.
The Castro regime also has ties to the Iranian government and Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah. Various reports have alleged that the Cuban government was directly responsible in establishing the close ties between Iran and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and has been accused of aiding Hezbollah agents in securing counterfeit documentation, including visas and passports, to allow them to travel freely in Latin America. It was reported in August that over 300 Hezbollah members had secured improper documentation in April, an allegation repeated by a former Venezuelan diplomat stationed in Iraq, who fled Baghdad after his concerns that Venezuelan birth certificates and other documents were being provided to Lebanese, Syrian, and Iraq citizens were ignored by high-level officials.