Muzzling Yoani?

So now that American Idol is over, I get to watch Maria Elvira (sigh) Live again on Tuesdays. Today, she was going to discuss the death of FARC leader “Tiro Fijo” Marulanda.
But first, she had Carlos Alberto Montaner on to discuss the possibility of the Cuban Parliament asking for his extradition to Cuba to be tried as a terrorist?
Now, I was on the phone and hung it up, pronto. That caught my ear.
Montaner told Maria Elvira that Lázaro Barredo, the Director of Granma, and a member of the Cuban Parrotment proposed that the Law for for the Protection of National Independence of 1999 A.K.A. the “Gag Law” or Law 88 be strengthened to include “those individuals that receive money from a foreign power to subvert the internal order”. He also urged the extradition of Cubans living abroad that have open cases with the regime and were able to escape.
Let’s put aside that to “subvert” Cuba’s “internal order” is to fight for freedom, which is a right protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that fighting for one’s guaranteed freedom form a tyranny, as a last resort, (Preamble , 3rd Pararagraph), cannot be considered terrorism under international covenants that Cuba has signed.
What’s this all about?
It’s about fear.
The regime is scared of the suddenly visible and audible dissident movement and it is the reason behind last week’s dog and pony shows of accusations and press conferences to later justify a possible crackdown on the dissidents. All out of fear.
OK. You’re saying…what this have to do with Montaner?

Well, the regime has accused Montaner of managing Yoani Sanchez’s blogging “career” through his connections with the Spanish Newspaper El Pais. The regime, according to Montaner, has accused him of being behind Yoani’s Ortega and Gasset journalism Prize and her inclusion in Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential People List as well as “financing” her popular blog Generation Y.
Ostensibly, what the regime is doing is spinning a web of lies to trap Yoani in with a “terrorist” , who by the way, escaped a Cuban prison when he was 17 , who now lives in Spain and was the object of a Granma full page “expose” so that they can charge her under the newly strengthened Law 88 and Muzzle her.
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It’s going to be a Hot summer in La Habana.

Crossposted at La Contra Revolución

5 thoughts on “Muzzling Yoani?”

  1. Excellent post, Gusano.
    “He also urged the extradition of Cubans living abroad that have open cases with the regime and were able to escape.”
    What nation on Earth is going to extradite dissidents to Cuba? Again, we see another example of how the regime lives in an alternate reality.
    Brain dead?
    -AB

  2. Why don’t they just go after Yoani herself? Afraid of political backlash since she’s been internationally reknown?
    Or, as you said, maybe they’re trying to link her to a ‘terrorist,’ then go after her? Who knows..

  3. Mike, it’s the latter. They will mount a public relations campaign against her and then arrest her. Then they will batten down the hatches and wait out the international outrage until it subsides and people forget about Yoani just like they forget about every other castro regime abuse.

  4. “Can’t touch that” my friends, it’s too late now. If they dare place Yoani in jail they are going to hear it from the “World” it’s simply too late. If they stop her from writing, it would make her more powerful, she’s untouchable now. The Cagalastro regime is trying to scare any further damage by these accusations, just in case anyone else tries it, they are looking ahead.

  5. Carlos Alberto Montaner is always tooting his own horn in his aspirations to be president of Cuba. He did not escape a Cuban “prison” at the age of 17, but rather got sent to Torrens juvenile hall and his daddy’s money bought off some guards so that he could be taken to an embassy in Havana.

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