Presentation for the VI Symposium on the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases Guantanamo, Cuba, May 4-6, 2019 – By Colonel Ann Wright

I must begin my presentation with an apology to the people of Cuba for my country, the United States of America occupying Cuban sovereign land for the Naval Base of Guantanamo, the military base that the U.S. has held longest outside the U.S.  and housing for the past 18 years the infamous prison located there.

I also apologize for the terrible sanctions the U.S. has had on the people of Cuba for over 50 years as economic terrorism and forms of intimidation and retaliation for not bending to the will of the U.S. for over 61 years, since the Cuban Revolution.

I also make a personal apology to the President of the Cuban Institute for Friendship of the Peoples (ICAP) Fernando Gonzalez for his unlawful imprisonment in the United States and to the other persons known as the Cuban Five who were unlawfully imprisoned in the U.S.

I also want to apologize to the people of Venezuela and Nicaragua for the U.S. role in the attempted overthrow of the elected governments to their countries and the sanctions the U.S. has placed on those countries.  I also apologize to the people of Honduras for the role the U.S. played in the overthrow of their government.  At this moment, at the request of the Government of Venezuela, friends in Washington, DC are occupying the Embassy of Venezuela to prevent the attempt coup makers of Juan Guaido from invading the Embassy building.

Now to the subject for my presentation…

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