…penned these lines:
As shoppers in Havana mobbed electronic stores looking for DVD players, writer and independent journalist Normando Hernandez Gonzalez was quietly returned to Kilo 7 prison in Camaguey, Cuba.
In a column today, Ana Menendez presents the continuing imprisonment for “dangerousness” of a very ill Normando Hernandez Gonzalez to illustrate what we all know- the repression continues. Perhaps, now that she’s leaving she feels freer. But before you get too excited, she does finish off with a flourish:
If change on the island is to be meaningful and lasting, it cannot be defined by narrow ideological goals. For decades, Fidel Castro enjoyed the blinkered support of many progressives while delighting in the enmity of conservatives. Normando Hernandez Gonzalez is in jail to remind everyone that those old dualities no longer explain the world we inherited.
Until both sides in this tired, dusty battle join to condemn his imprisonment and that of other dissident writers, Cuba’s reforms will remain a dollar deep.
Thank you, Ana, for bringing attention to Normando’s plight. What was it Johnny Carson as “Carnac the Magnificent” used to say, “May the bird of paradise visit upon you” or some such. Read the column here.