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Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

Defiant Guantanameros protest injustice in Cuba regularly

Defiant Guantanameros protest injustice in Cuba regularly
‘People of Cuba, wake up! They have fooled you,’ protester says
Author: Hatzel Vela, Reporter, hvela@Local10.com
Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Updated On: Nov 19 2015 04:12:00 AM EST

GUANTANAMO, Cuba –
It… Continue reading

Holguin Hospitals Throw Away Biological Wastes in the Cemetery

Holguin Hospitals Throw Away Biological Wastes in the Cemetery /
14ymedio, Orlando Palma and Fernando Donate
Posted on July 11, 2015

14ymedio, Orlando Palma and Fernando Donate, Holguin, 11 July 2015 –
Broken tombstones, open graves, dilapidated tombs, and, here… Continue reading

No blogger, no Obama

No blogger, no Obama / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on March 29, 2015

No blogger, no cry.
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

1 In the beginning was the Blog. 2 But blogs were formless and empty. 3
Repression was all… Continue reading

ABOUT WHY DON’T WE CHANGE OUR OPINION ON THE NEW OBAMA POLICY TOWARDS CASTRO’S REGIME

ABOUT WHY DON’T WE CHANGE OUR OPINION ON THE NEW OBAMA POLICY TOWARDS
CASTRO’S REGIME

José Daniel Ferrer, Executive Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) analyzes in this Press Release UNPACU’s position regarding the
current OBAMA’s policy towards… Continue reading

“El Critico” will keep writing what comes from his heart

“El Critico” will keep writing what comes from his heart
REINALDO ESCOBAR, La Habana | Enero 13, 2015

Ángel Yunier Remón, El Crítico, releases, UNPACU, political prisoners
Given to putting rhymes to reality and signing to the rhythm of rap’s… Continue reading

Cuban ‘dissident’ says he was really an infiltrator

Posted on Wednesday, 07.09.14

Cuban ‘dissident’ says he was really an infiltrator
Lawyer Ernesto Vera said his main task was to attack and sow discord
within two key Cuban opposition groups on the island.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM

A… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents plant a hoax to trap government spies

Posted on Friday, 10.18.13

Cuban dissidents plant a hoax to trap government spies
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM

Cuban blogger Ernesto Vera Rodriguez thought he had a scoop: Exiles in
Miami had cut off funds to the island’s most active… Continue reading

Relatives of jailed dissident rapper call on artists and activists to demand his freedom (Video)

Relatives of jailed dissident rapper call on artists and activists to
demand his freedom (Video)
Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on June 25, 2013

Yudisbel Roseyo Mojena, wife of dissident rapper and political prisoner
Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga “El… Continue reading

Solidarity with the UNPACU Activists and with all the Hunger Strikers in Cuba

Solidarity with the UNPACU Activists and with all the Hunger Strikers in
Cuba /Miriam Celaya
Posted on April 23, 2013

While Telesur and the official Cuban media distract us these days with
Venezuela’s political brawls and other conflicts elsewhere in… Continue reading

U.S. urges freedom for Granma journalist

Posted on Wednesday, 04.24.13

U.S. urges freedom for Granma journalist
By Juan O. Tamayo
jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

The U.S. government urged Cuba Wednesday to free a former Granma
newspaper reporter who was arrested after he wrote about the
mismanagement of a government… Continue reading

In solidarity with Cuba’s voices of opposition to Castro’s tyranny

Posted on Saturday, 03.30.13

YOANI SANCHEZ

In solidarity with Cuba's voices of opposition to Castro's tyranny
BY MARIO DIAZ-BALART AND ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN

As we celebrate Passover and Easter, we cherish the freedom to practice
our beliefs and express our views, but are also reminded of those 90
miles away who suffer under an evil communist dictatorship. As the
beacon of democracy, we stand with pro-freedom activists in Cuba who are
struggling to achieve those same essential liberties.

On Monday, South Florida will have the opportunity to hear, once again,
the tragic story of an oppressed people under the thumb of a despotic
regime. Yoani Sánchez uses social media to shine a light on the dark
rule of the Castro brothers. Through her blog and writings, Yoani
reveals the plight of the Cuban people to the international community,
raises awareness on the extent of the regime's brutality, and gives
voice to those silenced by oppression.

During her recent visit to Washington, we, along with our congressional
colleagues, discussed with Yoani the ongoing dire situation in Cuba.
This event illustrated the bipartisan and bicameral support for the
cause of democracy in Cuba. We discussed the gross human-rights
violations on the island as Yoani conveyed the atrocities committed
against the Cuban people and the denial of their rights of free speech,
press, and assembly. We expressed to Yoani that, even if we do not agree
on every point, we stand in solidarity with the opposition voices in
Cuba and reaffirmed that they are not alone in their struggle.

This month, we remember the 2003 Black Spring crackdown in Cuba where 75
dissidents were unjustly imprisoned. Unfortunately, little has changed
since that time. The Ladies in White continue to be harassed, kicked and
beaten by Castro's state security agents just for marching in peace to
church. The Castro regime has the blood of pro-democracy advocates on
its hands, and we remain deeply concerned for the health and lives of
those brave activists who continue to speak out.

During the years of the Obama administration alone, pro-democracy
leaders Orlando Zapata Tamayo (d. Feb. 23, 2010), Juan Wilfredo Soto
García (d. May 8, 2011), Laura Pollán (d. Oct. 14, 2011), Wilman Villar
Mendoza (d. Jan. 19, 2012), Harold Cepero (d. July 22, 2012) and Oswaldo
Payá Sardiñas (d. July 22, 2012) have lost their lives at the hands of
the Castro dictatorship. These deaths underscore the grave risks assumed
by pro-democracy activists such as Antonio Rodiles, Sara Marta Fonseca,
Yoani Sánchez, Jorge Luis García Pérez ("Antunez"), José Daniel Ferrer
García, Marta Beatriz Roque, Berta Soler, Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet and
many others when they simply express their views.

We also cannot forget the appalling case of Alan Gross, a U.S.
humanitarian aid worker who was arrested in December 2009 and remains in
prison for the "crime" of helping Cuba's small Jewish community access
the Internet. He is reportedly in poor health after having lost 100
pounds in prison while his daughter and mother are both battling cancer
in the U.S.

According to the Human Rights Watch 2013 World Report, "Cuba remains the
only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of
political dissent. In 2012, the regime . . . continued to enforce
political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts
of repudiation, travel restrictions, and forced exile." Numerous NGOs
have documented the sharp rise in detentions, arrests and other acts of
repudiation in Cuba, but the numbers could actually be higher due to
many who are imprisoned on trumped-up charges that are difficult to
document. For example, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and
National Reconciliation reported that there were 6,602 documented
political arrests in 2012, which was markedly up from 4,123 in 2011 and
2,074 in 2010.

Unfortunately, many in the international community fail to acknowledge
the Castro regime's egregious human rights record and brutal suppression
of fundamental liberties. However, with the help of Yoani and other
pro-democracy advocates, the Castro brothers have failed to silence the
Cuban people who are increasingly demanding real change.

Cuba's growing opposition movement is more united than ever. Due to its
heroic efforts, democracy will prevail on the island. May it be soon.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart are Republican members of
Congress representing South Florida.

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