FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 20, 2015
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Communist Victims Group Mourns Opening of New Cuban Embassy on Captive Nations Week
“Ironically during Captive Nations Week in America, America Welcomes Cuban Captors”
Washington, D.C. — The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation today offered a stern welcome to the new Cuban embassy in the United States, which opens its doors Monday.
The opening of the embassy comes as America commemorates “Captive Nations Week,” an annual occurrence that began in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The law requires the President to issue a proclamation and support “appropriate ceremonies and activities” to demonstrate America’s support for those in “captive nations” across the world. Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Foundation, issued the following statement:
“There is a cruel coincidence today. The Cuban embassy opens during the same week that presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower have commemorated Captive Nations Week, to express American solidarity with those trapped in brutal dictatorships.
“It is painfully ironic that during Captive Nations Week in America, America is welcoming a captor government.
“For the first time in 54 years, the Cuban flag officially flies in the United States even as Cuba’s Communist government continues with arrests, beatings, and false imprisonments of its people. This is a terrible affront to millions who suffered under Communist governments, and those continuing to suffer under them today.”
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