Fourth Cuban general dies in 8 days. The Ministry of Armed Forces of the Cuban regime (MINFAR) announced on Monday the death of reserve general Manuel Eduardo Lastres Pacheco - making him the fourth high-ranking officer to die in recent days on the island.
According to the communiqué read live on Cuban state television's "Noticiero de Mediodía", Lastres' body was cremated, however, the note sent by MINFAR did not give details of the cause of death or the age of the military officer.
The regime pointed out that Lastres joined Fidel Castro's guerrilla in 1957 and was under the orders of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
This new announcement comes days after the regime reported the death of Major General Ruben Martinez Puente. As in the case of Lastres, the dictatorship did not report the causes of his death and said that his body would be cremated.
MIAMI – The Cuban government hasn’t released the cause of death of the five high-ranking generals who have died in the last eight days.
The Cuban government did identify them as Cuban Generals Armando Choy Rodriguez, Rubén Martínez Puente, Manuel Eduardo Lastres Pacheco, Agustín Peña Porres and Marcelo Verdecia Perdomo.
Choy Rodriguez was a brigadier general. He was an author and historian of Chinese descent. He was the founder of the July 26 Movement in Villa Clara. Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas tweeted Tuesday that he had died Monday night.
Martínez Puente was a general in the reserves. He was credited with giving the order to shoot down the planes of the exile group Hermanos al Rescate. The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Cuba, or MININT, announced he died on Saturday. He was 79.
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The brutal wave of repression in Cuba against demonstrators demanding answers to the socio-political and economic crisis on the island has forced the White House administration to focus its attention on a troubled region that has not been among its priorities, exacerbated in the last year and a half by pandemics, migration and repression by authoritarian regimes accused of committing crimes against humanity.
The embargo HAS worked. A few days ago the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing ► to discuss the recent rebellion in Cuba.
Among the guests was, in addition to our admired Rosa María Payá, Mr. -should I say compañero?- José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas region of the Human Rights Watch organization.
The verb "to watch" in English is to watch, but it is also to look, as when we watch a film with a wax paper tub full of popcorn and a cold soda next to us.
It seems that, with respect to the human rights situation in Cuba, Mr. Vivanco has dedicated himself more to see than to watch. I say this because in his deposition (ambiguity of the term) before the House Committee, Mr. Vivanco devoted a good part of his time to criticize the famous embargo.
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