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New Year Marks Half-Century of Broken Promises by Cuban Government and Abuse and Repression of Cuban People, Writes Gutierrez

Washington (Dec. 30)—“…the Cuban people have experienced the most tyrannical regime in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere, with the same political elite in power for the past 50 years, “wrote U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez in an opinion editorial printed in the Washington Times. “The prosperity Castro promised was never realized as the economy stagnated under the weight of communism.” (Opinion Editorial)