Notes from fidel castro’s gulag

Another day, more bad news from the Cuban gulag, via Payo Libre:
— Political prisoner Eduardo Díaz Fleitas was moved to the Abel Santamaría Provincial Hospital in Piñar del Rio for treatment of gastric ulcers, according to a report from journalist Luis Esteban Espinosa. Stomach and other digestive problems are common for Cuban prisoners, because of the poor diet provided inmates, and the stress that can come with being jailed unjustly.
A former farmer, Díaz was arrested during the “black spring” of 2003, and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
— Another political prisoner in poor health is the journalist Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona. He has not received treatment for two broken teeth, and officials at the Holguin provincial prison have not properly monitored his hypertension, according to a story by journalist Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda.
Arroyo, 55, also was arrested during the “black spring,” and is serving a 26-year prison sentence.
— Also, journalist Tania Maceda Guerra is reporting that officials at the Agüica in Matanzas have denied medical care to political prisoner Luis Campos Corrales. Gregoria Corrales told Maceda that her 41-year-old son suffers from hemorrhoids, hypertension, gastric ulcers and poor vision brought on by a bacterial infection.
Campos was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in the 2003 hijacking of the ferry Baragua, on which the hijackers had hoped to flee to the United States. No one was hurt in the incident, but the dictatorship did execute three of the hijackers.
— Finally, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez is back to work as a journalist, reporting that a group of police officers recently beat a mentally ill man on a street in old Havana.
Guerra last month completed a 22-month prison sentence. He had been arrested in July 2005 while covering an anti-government protest.
(Cross-posted at Uncommon Sense)

1 thought on “Notes from fidel castro’s gulag”

  1. Hypocrite bitch, Che lover and Che tattoo carrier, Angelina Jolie, tried to CENSOR the PRESS on Wednesday at a red-carpet event intended to benefit “Reporters without Borders,” an organization that advocates for freedom of the press. She’s already beginning to resemble her idol.
    In her new film “A Mighty Heart” (based on the Mariane Pearl’s memoirs, a journalist herself) she plays the part of Mariane Pearl, (Cuban-Dutch) the widow of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Karashi, Pakistan.
    Do you think she’s ever heard of any of the aforementioned journalists?

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