Cuban Youth Address Oswaldo Payá Teach-In at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity
“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” – Vaclav Havel
Young Cubans addressed the question earlier tonight: “Is Cuba Changing or does Totalitarianism Continue?” at the Oswaldo Payá Teach-In at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Coconut Grove located on the Bay. Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo, Sayli Navarro and Henry Constantin each gave their vision of the current situation on the island and prospects for real change in short presentations. The consensus from the three is that the government of Cuba is not changing and that the much publicized measures are more for international consumption, but repression and the desire to stay in power remains undiminished.
At mid-day the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) tweeted that Dr. Eduardo Cardet and other MCL members received a death threat for wanting to attend the trial against MCL member Werlando Leyva. At 4:18pm Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo tweeted that Dr. Eduardo Cardet and Lisban Mariño had been detained in the morning for for hours to prevent them attending Werlando’s trial.Werlando had been the victim of a machete attack by a government agent on June of 2013 and today was placed on trial and faced with a false and incoherent witness and the government wanted to fine him. Following the attack Werlando spoke out and denounced the crime.
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