An interview with Cuban opposition leader Sara Marta Fonseca
Sara Marta Fonseca (part 1, in English)English-language translation of first part of interview with Sara Marta Fonseca, member of Las Damas de Blanco. See video.
Well, really, since I was born it was something in my blood. I grew up in a family that had animosity toward the government, the castro regimen, since 1959. I was born in 1970, and I was born with that cross that had marked our entire family, such that we were already not looked upon well by the government. My grandfather helped the revolution of Fidel Castro, the way he said it, there was a tyrant that had to be removed from power, and that was Fulgencio Batista, who was committing many crimes. And he helped remove the tyrant but he didn’t want to implant a new dictatorship. And in 1959 he realized the path Castro was going to take and said, “Don’t count on my support any more. I didn’t fight, I didn’t do my part in the struggle to just implant another dictator, and this is headed toward dictatorship, and communism. Don’t count on me anymore.”In 1970, I began school, preschool, and it was difficult. School was difficult, primary and secondary. It was always, the daughter of the counterrevolutionary, the granddaughter of the counterrevolutionary. I am from a very tight knit place in the province of Villa Clara. I met my husband and came to live here in Havana, and I spent a lot of time trying to survive within something that I wasn’t in favor of. And then in 2004, when my children were already grown, I decided to join the pro-human rights party of Cuba, an affiliate of the Fundacion ???. Right here on this street lived a member of our opposition, and my library is named after him, Rigoberto Martinez Castril. And so, I began to visit his house and participate in some activities until well, today, I’m secretary of the party. And also a Dama de Blanco. I began in the Damas de Blanco in 2008.