Debating and arguing about Cuba, and what the United States should do, is about taking sides.
Do you side not with the dictatorship — sometimes, it is too simplistic to dismiss those who disagree with us as “idiots” — but with the business interests, and their political allies, who see Cuba as an untapped market waiting to be exploited?
Or do you side with the freedom fighters, Cuban men and women of extraordinary courage, like the independent journalist Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, who again has demonstrated why so many of us are proud to be on his side.
Independent journalist Ahmed Rodríguez Albacia is reporting that Fariñas this past Saturday was arrested and detained for about six hours.
Fariñas, no stranger to the dictatorship, apparently was caught up in a recent roundup of dissidents in Santa Clara. Rodríguez reported that Fariñas was told by police that he was not being allowed to participate in “counter-revolutionary” activities, i.e. a ceremony commemorating the second anniversary of the Marta Abreu Women’s Movement.
During an interrogation at a local jail, a police official told Fariñas that he was considered a “high danger,” to the stability of the dictatorship, and issued the journalist a written warning to stop.
Police, perhaps knowing there is nothing they can do to sway a giant like Fariñas, then gave him a ride home.
Like I said, it’s an easy choice.
Independent journalist Tania Maceda Guerra has more on the recent arrests in Santa Clara.
(Cross-posted at Uncommon Sense)