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Opening Arguments

Viva libertad!

Is there any real reason to celebrate your independence day if your country is run by a dictatorship? Not every Cuban thinks today is that big a deal:

Cuba gained its independence on May 20, 1902, after being administered for four years by the United States following the defeat of Spain in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Spain withdrew from Cuba in that year after several centuries of colonial rule in the country. The Castro regime recognizes January 1 as Cuba's day of independence, citing the date when rebel forces of Fidel Castro seized control of the country in 1959 from the regime of Fulgencio Batista.

The real independence day will be when the last Castro is dead and all the Communists are gone. In the meantime, we can celebtate Cuba Solidarity Day tomorrow by remembering all the political prisoners still being held there.