Oslo Freedom Forum 2013 Challenging Power: Voices from Cuba and China
“When I was 14, I was at a barrio meeting, organized by the Cuban communist party. The delegate was saying that “we should be grateful with the revolution for the food they sell us monthly through the rationing card.” I got back to him complaining that “5 pounds of rice and 10 ounces of beans were not enough to live.” Days later I was convicted for pre-criminal social dangerousness, along with 196 other teenagers in the region. I was sentenced to a year and a half of forced labor in a government sugar cane plantation. My story was never published in the media.” -Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, Oslo Freedom Forum 2013 Reporting from an Island Prison
Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez is a Cuban independent journalist and founder of the Hablemos Press news agency. He currently directs the agency, the same group for which journalist and former prisoner of conscience Calixto Martinez reported before his arrest in 2012. In 2005, Guerra was arrested while on hunger strike to protest the Cuban government’s harassment of independent journalists. Guerra was sentenced to a year and ten months in prison for “public disorderliness.” He was released in 2007, and has continued with his work as a journalist, despite ongoing beatings, harassment, and detentions.
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