What peaceful transition?

Is any one else sick of all the stories about how well things are going in Cuba without fidel?


From NetforCuba

On Thursday, August 3, 2006, the house where the four children and wife of Dr. José Luis García Paneque live in Las Tunas, Cuba, was surrounded and attacked by a mob of about 100 Cubans armed with sticks, stones, and parasols that shouted “Get out of here!”, “Assassins!”, and “Terrorists!”

For an hour and a half after 7:15 PM, neighbors, ranging from young children to elderly people, shouted insults at Yamile Llanes and her young children, as well as seven Catholic young people who were staying at her house while on their way to the Sanctuary of The Virgin of Cobre in Santiago de Cuba.

“My seven-year old daughter, María, held on to her older sister, and her screams were uncontrollable because she was terrified when a woman shouted that they were going to set the house on fire so that they would do away with the “worms” by burning them up…I thought I would have to leave the house with the children even though they would beat me with the sticks…,” Yamile Llanes declared. “This has been a terrible experience that has instilled a lot of fear….the act as such was an act of terrorism…,” added the wife of the prisoner of conscience.

The Cuban physician and prisoner of conscience, Dr. José Luis García Paneque, was summarily tried and is serving a 25 year sentence for expressing independent ideas. He remains in the “Las Mangas” Prison hospital in Bayamo alongside common prisoners. He suffers from a severe chronic diarrhea and continuous hemorrhagic colitis resulting from intestinal Mal Absorption Syndrome that has developed since he was incarcerated in 2003.
Dr. García Paneque’s health continues to worsen every day. According to his wife, his worn out and deteriorated body weighs less than 50 kilograms (110 pounds). The prison food in the awful state he has to consume it causes and worsens the chronic diarrhea. In addition, he is kept for months without seeing the sun, and he suffers tremendous psychological pressure because the common prisoners harass and beat him.

State sponsored terrorist “actos de repudio” continue, with or without fidel.

4 thoughts on “What peaceful transition?”

  1. When I hear about all these “actos de repudio” taking place (specially now that Cubans must know changes are on the way) I wonder what is going to become of Cuba. These are real mean and nasty people we are talking about. I hope Mrs. Llanes is taking down names. We don’t want the likes of them getting VISAS later to come to the U.S.

    If they belong to state security, they are going to have to face their victims after all this is finally over. Hopefully in a court of law.

  2. I’m one of those who doesn’t buy the “reconciliation” jargon. If you come to my house and threaten to set fire to me and my kids for no reason, just because you and I disagree, after you’ve been instrumental in putting my innocent husband in jail and making my family’s life otherwise a living hell …… you better believe that when it’s all over, I’m going to seek some justice.

    All this bogus talk about reconciliation that I hear is nothing more than an attempt for the guilty parties to save their sorry *****sses when their jig is up after Cuba sheds its tyranny.

    There are times when mob rule is justified, particularly when people have been victimized for a prolonged period of time without relief or recourse. No flowers in my hair or in my bayonet; set up the tribunals and drag these useless monster to justice. Lock them and melt the keys.

  3. This is something thats bothered me for a long time, both the children inside the house being threatened and the children in the mob participating in the attack.

    Children subjected to extreme fear and guilt for an extended period of time during early developement don’t ever seem to recover completely.

    If you think about it, living in Cuba under Castro has probably been similiar to living in a concentration camp under Hitler. There’s an excellent book by Privo Levi about his experience in Auchwitz and how it impacted his psyche. I would suspect that the impact on the children that grew up under Castro is even worse.

  4. Just read the link to Amnesty International and, as usual, I’m amazed at how this organization takes itself seriously. After listing a long litany of deplorable human rights abuses, including state-organized mob terror, they end their statement with the obligatory knee-jerk excuses of all leftists:

    “Amnesty International believes that the US embargo contributes to the undermining of key civil and political rights in Cuba”

    It seems to me that if the United States has a ‘unilateral embargo’ against a government capable of such abuses, Amnesty International should be ENCOURAGING other countries to join the emabrgo rather than to condemn it. The impetus for castro’s need to terrorize the population is clearly NOT the ’embargo’. He is quite capable of doing it simply as his most effective tool for maintaining power.

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