Bush to Urge Cubans to Rise Up

Calls power transition from Fidel to brother unacceptable
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 4:14 AM CDT
A transfer of power from Fidel Castro, left, to his brother Raúl, without democratic reforms, is unacceptable, President Bush says. Cristobal Herrera/Associated Press   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush is expected to make a landmark speech on Cuba today, calling the transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul unacceptable to the United States. The president will also address the Cuban people, urging them to resist "the force of a dying regime," reports the New York Times.

The speech is the strongest call for Cuban democratic reforms in the Bush presidency. He is expected to say that Cuba has suffered economically under Castro, and that while much of Latin America has moved from dictatorship to democracy, Cuba continues to use repression to control its people.