PRESS RELEASE OF HERMANOS AL RESCATE
May 16, 1996.
With a sudden action responding to political pressures from the
Castro regime, President Clinton's Administration revoked today
the pilot's license of Jose Basulto, the president of Hermanos
al Rescate (Brothers to the Rescue).
Brothers to the Rescue is a voluntary, non-profit, pilot's human
right activist organization which searches the Straits of Florida
for Cubans fleeing Fidel Castro's dictatorship. Promotes and supports
nonviolent dissidense to bring democracy to Cuba. The pilots are responsible for saving
the lives of thousands of Cubans escaping from the brutal regime
in Cuba. It is financed by over 120,000 individual contributions received to this date.
The "Order of Emergency Revocation" is totally unjustified and
is in response to Havana's fears that Hermanos al Rescate could
be planning an activity that could endanger the stability of Cuba's
dictatorship, such as dropping leaflets with the Articles of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Cuba is a signatory,
and which are described by the dictatorship as "subversive
Hermanos al Rescate had filed a flight plan for today.
We did not expect that Washington would play the role of the
preventive policeman of Fidel Castro, in less than 24 hours,
without basis nor legal principle. In response to which of Castro's
threats has Washington acted upon?
The text of the revocation implies that Brothers to the Rescue
has some sort of responsibility in Cuba's Air Force shooting down
of Brother's two aircrafts in international airspace last February
24th. Brothers to the Rescue rejects such implication.
We consider the Administration's implication of the guilt to anyone
but Castro, as moraly wrong , as it transfers guilt to the victims
and inocence to the the criminal.
Specially , when shortly the United Nations will publish the results of its impartial investigation of this act of international terrorism by Cuba's dictatorship.
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