At 8:30 am yesterday morning, Juan Amador Rodriguez called me with Reina Luisa Tamayo on the line. With her phone in her hand, this brave woman walked out of her house in Banes, Cuba, with five other women and a little girl, and attempted once again to attend church and visit the grave site of her martyred son, Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
Within seconds you could hear the throngs of Castro thugs–who had already surrounded her house–begin the brutal repression of this grieving yet incredibly brave mother and the women who stood by her side. I paced the house with the phone to my ear, listening helplessly as vulgar and racial slurs were hurled at Reina by a mob ordered to repress a mother who only wants to attend church and pay her respects to the son she buried after the regime assassinated him.
For almost 25 minutes I listened to the hate, to the brutality, to the inhumanity of the Castro revolution as its automatons attacked a helpless mother and her friends. Deciding that we had heard enough, a prerecorded message in Chinese signaled us that Castro’s state security had cut the phone call. But not before we managed to record the entire event.
You can listen to the attack on Reina Luisa Tamayo, complete and unedited, HERE.
Thirty minutes later, Juan Amador was able to get Reina on the phone once again and she was able to give us this statement:
Well, at this moment I can say that at 8:30 this morning we attempted to leave the house and go to church. More than 600 people are currently surrounding my house and Dariel Mesa was hit on the arm by a rock. They are aggressively attacking us with offensive slurs, saying “you sold your son,” and calling us “worthless niggers” and “depraved.” Just like that it must be said so the world knows.
The Castro brothers have no respect for this mother after having assassinated her son. Until when will they continue to injure this family? We are only 6 women and one girl, and they are stopping us; they don’t let us go to church, they don’t let us go to the cemetery. Until when? When will the Castros have shame, when will they have dignity towards their fellow man? After they assassinated my son, now they want to assassinate this family and the little that they have.
Here they are at the corner my house, women of low class, women who have no morals to be in front of this mother, they have no dignity. They are here at the corner of my house screaming “whore!” These low class women are nothing but thieves who steal from the government, and that is why they are there.
After her statement, Reina stepped to the front of her house and held out the phone so we could hear the insults directed at her and the Castro slogans being chanted by the more than 600 Castro thugs that surrounded her house.
You can listen to Reina’s unedited statement and hear more of the mob outside her house yesterday HERE.
Later that morning, we were able to get Jorge Luis García Pérez Antúnez on the phone and we asked him for his reaction to the events that took place in Banes earlier that morning. Here is a translation of his opening statement:
What seems to me that is happening with Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger, that heroine, that Martiana, that titan of liberty, that mother of the martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo, primarily is a reflection of the current state; the fear, the terror, the impotence, and the cowardice of a criminal and totalitarian system that is the Castro regime. It is fearful of the push that the forces of the internal opposition is making. Above all, the resistance of this dignified woman in spite of their threats.
We were able to ask Antúnez several questions, including his thoughts on the US lifting the travel restrictions to Cuba. Antúnez echoed the sentiments that many Cubans on and off the island have expressed; opening the floodgates to American tourism would only serve to provide the Castro regime with much needed funds that would help them continue their repression and subjugation of the Cuban people. He implored exiled Cubans not to visit Cuba as tourists as that only served to strengthen the regime. And he added that he understood there are Cubans who have a need to visit family members on the island for one reason or another, and he did not condemn them for that. But if they had to visit Cuba, he asked that they help support the opposition on the island. He asked that they teach their family members about democracy and freedom and to tell them about the opposition in Cuba. Let them know that there are Cubans within the island fighting to end the tyranny that has oppressed Cuba for more than 50 years.
When asked about Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Antúnez had strong words for the Archbishop. He categorized the cleric as a traitor to the Cuban people, and a willing tool of the Castro regime. He reiterated that the Catholic church in Cuba, and the Cardinal in particular, has done nothing for the opposition movement in Cuba other than to collaborate with the regime to rid themselves of them through forced exile.
You can listen to the complete and unedited interview of Antúnez HERE.