Below are excerpts from a speech Rafael Díaz-Balart delivered to Cuba's congress in 1955. He opposed the law that granted Fidel Castro amnesty for attacking the Moncada army barracks. Mr. Díaz-Balart died in Miami last week. L et it be very clear that I am decidedly in favor of any measure in favor of peace and brotherhood among all Cubans, from any political party or no party at all, whether in, for or against the government.
But an amnesty must be an instrument of pacification and brotherhood; it must be part of a process of moral disarmament of passions and hatreds; it must be a piece in the mechanism of well-defined rules accepted by the different protagonists of the process that a nation is living through. And this amnesty that we have just voted on, unfortunately, is all the opposite. Fidel Castro and his group have declared, repeatedly and heatedly, from the comfortable cell in which they find themselves, that they will leave that jail only to continue to prepare new violent acts, to continue to utilize all available means in the search for the total power to which they aspire.
They have refused to participate in any process of pacification and threaten members of government and opposition alike who seek the road of peace, who work in favor of electoral and democratic solutions that will place in the hands of the Cuban people the solution to the drama that our homeland is currently undergoing...