/R E P E A T -- MEDIA ADVISORY - Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat available to offer comment on the sudden death of Cuban regime General López-Calleja and the mounting political destabilization on the island/

MIAMI, July 1, 2022 /CNW/ -

WHAT


On Friday, July 1, the regime in Havana announced the death of General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, one of the most senior ranking
officials in the country. The 62-year-old reportedly died of a heart attack just days before the 1st anniversary of the July 11, 2021, protests in
Cuba.






López-Calleja was the former son-in-law of Raul Castro, a member of the country's Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Party, and
deputy to the National Assembly of People's Power. He was also the regime's lead financier as the head of GAESA, the military-controlled
conglomerate that owns tourist resorts frequented by Canadians.






General López-Calleja is the 21st Cuban general to die in the last year amid mounting political instability on the island.







WHO


Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat



Co-founder of the Cuban Democratic Directorate (Directorio), Community Leader and member of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance. (Read
full bio here) – from Miami







WHEN


Available upon request




FACTS

  • Over 40% of all visitors to Cuba are Canadians.
  • Cuba is the third most travelled destination abroad for Canadians.
  • Most hotels and resorts visited by Canadians in Cuba are owned by a military-run conglomerate called GAESA.
  • 80 – 90% of the tourist dollars brought to Cuba go to funding the regime's armed forces.
  • Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Cuba is valued at over one billion dollars annually.
  • Canadian companies have significant investments in mining, power, oil and gas, agri-food, and tourism.
  • In 63 years of communist dictatorship in Cuba, more than 10% of the population (about two million people) have fled the island due to repression and lack of freedoms at tremendous personal cost.
  • Today, unions in Cuba are regime-run front organizations. The Communist Party controls nearly every aspect of the movement, with very few independent unions.
  • In the 63 years since the Revolution, unions have not organized a single strike against the regime.
  • Cuba remains the most restrictive country for journalists in Latin America.
  • Any privately-owned press is prohibited, with all information coming from government sources.
  • The regime controls the internet in the country.

BACKGROUND

On July 11, 2021, spontaneous non-violent protests broke out across Cuba. Hundreds of thousands of people cheering "Libertad" took to the streets in response to the country's worsening state of human rights. In response, the government engaged in indiscriminate mass arrests, sentencing some protestors to nearly two decades in prison. In recent weeks student protests have taken over the island with increasing calls for a free society.

SOURCE Torchia Communications

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