In January 1961, The United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba, and closed the U.S. Embassy there. Below is the transcript of the one-minute video by President Eisenhower’s Press secretary, Hagerty, breaking diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Transcript of U.S.-Cuba Relations Break
Castro marks the second anniversary of his revolution with the biggest military parade ever staged in Cuba, featuring tanks and other heavy weapons from Russia and Red Czechoslovakia. Shortly afterwards, Castro demanded the United States Embassy drastically reduce its staff to eighteen persons, the last straw in his long campaign of provocation and harassment.
President Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with a message read by Press Secretary Hagerty: “There is a limit to what the United States and self-respect can endure. That limit has now been reached. Our friendship for the Cuban people is not affected. It is my hope and my conviction that in the not-too-distant future, it will be possible for the historic friendship between us once again to find reflection and normal relations of every sort. Meanwhile our sympathy goes out to the people of Cuba, now suffering under the yoke of a dictator.
Author Commentary: Essentially, this short video highlights that U.S.-Cuba relations were broken due to Castro demanding that the staff at the American embassy in Cuba be drastically reduced. However, relations between the United States and Cuba had been deteriorating since Castro took power January 1959.
It is important to clearly state that Cuba has been ruled by the brutally tyrannical Castro regime for the past 56 years, since January 1959. The Castro brothers violently repress human rights and freedoms in Cuba, and stay in control by brute force. There have not been free, fair elections in Cuba, during their 56 year regime.
May the people of Cuba and elsewhere, where human rights are repressed, breath freedom soon.
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