Queen Royal –  Royals face pressure to call off Cuba visit over concerns regime is propping up Madur
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Queen Royal – Royals face pressure to call off Cuba visit over concerns regime is propping up Madur

October 12, 2019


 Tory MPs have joined Venezuelan politicians in condemning the upcoming visit by the royals to Cuba, warning it could be appear as an endorsement of the dictatorship regime which is accused of torturing political prisoners in crisis-hit Venezuela One MP questioned how it could be right for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to “suck up to Cuban communists” who are propping up a president whom the UK, the US and dozens of other countries have recognised an an illegitimate leader In a letter addressed to the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, Andrew Lewer, said it would be “quite wrong to bestow our blessing on this brutality by carrying on with this royal visit”  The Tory backbencher cited the Organisation of American States, a forum for political discussions who has said Cuba has 15,000 military and intelligence personnel stationed in Venezuela “to preserve the Maduro dictatorship” Mr Lewer: “Cuban forces are actively involved in the torture of political prisoners in Venezuela and the violent suppression of peaceful protests ” The Tory chairman of the defence committee, Julian Lewis, said: “Foreign office minister recently denounced the Maduro regime as thieves who stole freedom from the Venezuelan people “So how can it be right to send senior royals to suck up to the Cuban communists on whom Maduro depends?” Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter on January 26: “After banning opposition candidates, ballot box stuffing and counting irregularities in a deeply flawed election it is clear Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela “Juan Guaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward. “If there are not fresh and fair elections announced within 8 days the UK will recognise him as interim president to take forward the political process towards democracy ” The following week Mr Guaido was recognised by the UK as the nation’s “constitutional interim president”  A member of the Popular Will party, which Mr Guadio leads, warned that the royal visit “sends absolutely the wrong message at the current time ” Earlier this month Clarence House announced that Charles, 70, and Camilla, 71, would visit the Caribbean from March 17 to 29 The tour will take them to six countries, 10 islands and one overseas territory – the Cayman Islands Clarence House said “at the request of the British Government, Their Royal Highnesses will also visit Cuba to highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the UK and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries ” Some social media users responded with scepticism, with one tweeting: “I’d really like to know which sort of cultural links exist between the UK, a constitutional monarchy democracy, and Cuba, a socialist dictatorship I’m really curious about it.”Another person added: “Dictatorships do not merit real visit” It will be the first time members of the royal family visit Cuba, a nation of 11 5 million people. The criticism comes less than a week after US President Donald Trump called on Venezuelan armed forces to cease putting their lives on the line for President Maduro, whom he referred to as “a man controlled by the Cuban military and protected by a private army of Cuban soldiers”  As well as recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful president, the US has sent a cargo plane full of humanitarian aid to the oil-rich nation Writing on Twitter, President Trump appealed to Venezuelan troops to “end this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death” and urged them “let your people go” and “set your country free” President Maduro responded by accusing the US President of speaking in an “almost Nazi style” He said: “Who is the commander of the armed forces, Donald Trump from Miami?“They think they are the owners of the country ” A foreign office spokesman said the visit “opens the door to both positive collaboration and frank dialogue” between the Cuban and British governments

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