At the end of a Revolution Day ceremony marking the 59th anniversary of an uprising against dictator Fulgencio Batista’s regime, Castro grabbed the microphone and made apparently impromptu remarks. He said no topic was off limits, including US concerns about democracy, freedom of the press and human rights on the island, as long as it was a conversation between equals.
Washington would have to be prepared to hear Cuba‘s own complaints about those issues in the United States and Europe, he added. “We are nobody’s colony, nobody’s puppet,” Castro said. “Any day they want, the table is set. This has already been said through diplomatic channels. If they want to talk, we will talk.”