Cuban exiles in Madrid pay tribute to Pedro Luis Boitel
Prominent Cuban exiles in Madrid paid tribute to Cuban martyr Pedro Luis Boitel. Via El País (my translation):
Cuban Exiles in Madrid pay tribute to dissident Pedro Luis Boitel
The biography of the poet and student leader who died in 1972 was presented
"Boitel will remain in the pantheon where just persons go," said today Fernando Gril, author of the biography of dissident Pedro Luis Boitel (1931-1972).
The poet, student leader, and fundamental figure in the island's dissidence declared himself on a hunger strike on April 3, 1972, and he died 53 days later on May 25. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Colon cemetery in Havana. And for that reason, A Tomb without a Name, is the title of the biography that Argentine Fernando Gril has written and was presented this Monday at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid where the homage was conducted, which writers Carlos Alberto Montaner and Zoé Valdés participated, and also human rights activist Janisset Rivero and a group of former political prisoners exiled in Spain.
He was at that moment the most popular student leader in Cuba. The Cuban writer highlighted today that Cuban political history is, in some way, the history of its prisoners: "You can write the history of the Cuban revolution from its political prisons," because there have been periods in the country's recent history where there have been more than 100,000 political prisoners. Montaner remembered that Boitel was one of the first political prisoners to die from a hunger strike on the island, the beginning of a chain of 13 individuals, which has come to the most recent, Orlando Zapata: "The many injustices and the many sacrifices become the emotional patrimony of our society."