A U.S. Librarian Defends Castro

Books to Overthrow Castro?

"None advocated the violent overthrow of the Cuban government. None stockpiled munitions. Not only were some 10 voluntary, private, independent librarians among the 70 detainees, but their books and other materials were also confiscated and have since reportedly been burned as 'worthless.' "

As for the notorious Castro Law 88, Amnesty International notes that the Castro crackdown was "the first time" it has "been applied in criminal proceedings in Cuba. This development is of grave concern, as elements of the law, mirroring other aspects of the Cuban legal framework, appear to place unlawful restrictions on internationally recognized rights." Next week: Castro speaks, and unintentionally adds to the shame of the American Library Association.

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