Where’s the AP Story (and Senator Leahy’s Statement) on Imprisoned Cuban HIV Activist?
This week, the AP released the third chapter in its series of sensationalist attacks against USAID’s Cuba democracy programs.
In the latest edition, it was particularly “outraged” by a program that sought to support young, independent civil society activists, through an HIV/AIDS workshop in the city of Santa Clara.
And, like clockwork, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) proceeded to feign similar “outrage.”
Yet, there’s still no AP story on David Bustamante Rodriguez, a 21-year old gay rights activist, who was arrested on May 26th for peacefully protesting on the rooftop of his home — also in the city of Santa Clara.
During the protest, he chanted “food and freedom” and held signs demanding the respect for human rights.
(Here’s a video of his protest.)
David, who is HIV positive, was arrested and taken to an AIDS prison, where he was brutally beaten.
He was left with a broken arm, ribs and hip.
David remains in the Santa Clara Provincial AIDS prison — without charges or trial.
His mother, Sandra Rodriguez, is a member of The Ladies in White, a pro-democracy group composed of the mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and other relatives of Cuban political prisoners.
(See The Washington Blade‘s story on David here.)
Thus, the AP sent its “connected” Cuban reporter to Santa Clara to “investigate” the USAID program — but couldn’t spare a minute for imprisoned HIV activist, David Bustamante Rodriguez, while there.
Nor has there been any statement by Senator Leahy.
Apparently, their outrage is only geared towards the United States.