October 14th: The second anniversay of Laura Pollan’s assassination in Cuba
It was two years ago today that Laura Pollan, one of the founders and the leader of Cuba's all-woman human rights group the Ladies in White died from a mysterious illness that killed this otherwise healthy woman in mere days. This illness manifested itself after Ms. Pollan was apparently injected with an unknown substance during a violent and brutal attack by a mob organized by Castro State Security. Images of that particular attack clearly show Laura Pollan's arm being pierced by an unknown person as she was pinned up against a wall by a hoard of Castro thugs.
Soon after, Laura Pollan fell ill and had to be hospitalized. A few days after her hospitalization she was dead, another victim assassinated by the vile and bloody Castro dictatorship.
Remembering Laura on the eve of her untimely death
"We are going to continue. We are fighting for freedom and human rights.” - Laura Inés Pollán Toledo September 24, 2011
Hard to believe that Laura Pollan was taken from us two years ago tomorrow. She could have been the first president of a post Castro Cuba. Meeting with experts on political strategy one of their observations raised new concerns.
According to these experts, even when a government is opposed by the vast majority of the populace of a country it will still not make that leap of embracing change unless the opposition has good ideas and is a credible alternative to govern. Even when the regime in power fails in its most basic obligations and endangers the population with cholera and dengue.
It also appears that the dictatorship in Cuba has been closely studying democratic transitions around the world and has made the decision to eliminate agents of change. In Eastern Europe they were people like Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel and in Asia they were people like Corazon Aquino.
The suspicious death of Laura Pollan two years ago on October 14, 2011 marked a dangerous new chapter of the struggle for freedom in Cuba that was further reinforced with the killing of Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero on July 22, 2012 and escalating violence are troubling trends.
The dictatorship is willing to kill whoever it must to hang on to power and the international community has been divided in condemning these outrages.
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