The Castro dictatorship has granted Reina Luisa Tamayo, the mother of the Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo, and her family permission to leave Cuba and come to the U.S. This decision by the regime should not come as a surprise to anyone who has any understanding of how the Castro dictatorship works. Reina Luisa Tamayo’s valiant struggle shined a light on the vile brutality of the regime; a light they can neither bear nor tolerate. And just like the prisoners of conscience that were forcibly exiled to Spain, they prefer she carry out her protests against their repression off the island.
Havana – The family of the late Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata, who died last year while on hunger strike, was granted permission to emigrate to the United States.
‘We do not yet know when we are leaving, but on the part of (Cuban authorities) we already have a passport and an exit permit,’ Zapata’s mother Reina Luisa Tamayo told the German Press Agency dpa Wednesday.
Last month, Tamayo and 12 relatives were granted political asylum visas that allow them to travel to the United States.
Tamayo, 62, said the family is now awaiting news from US authorities on the date of the flight. First, they plan to exhume and incinerate Zapata’s remains, which are buried in Banes, about 800 kilometres east of Havana.
‘I leave with great pain and great feeling, because this is my homeland. I leave it to save the four children I have left and my grandchildren, but otherwise I would have kept up my fight with the internal opposition in Cuba until I attained what my son longed for so much, which is freedom and democracy for all Cubans,’ Tamayo said.
Coming to the U.S. will give Reina and her family the ability to live in freedom, and after all she and her family members have been through this past year, no one can blame them for making this choice. The question is, who in Cuba will rise up to take Reina’s place?