Cuba: Don’t ask, don’t go to prison

Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter has a post on how asking questions in Cuba gets you thrown into prison:

Cuba: A place where asking questions can lead you to prison

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks

Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, whereabouts unknown

In Cuba, marching nonviolently to remember victims of the dictatorship such as Orlando Zapata Tamayo and Pedro Luis Boitel can have dire consequences even more a mother. Scores of Cuban human rights defenders and activists were detained, roughed up, and in at least one case both their whereabouts and health status remain unknown.

Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, heads the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights, a human rights movement in Cuba, named after Rosa Parks. She’s suffered repression at the hands of the dictatorship before when she spoke out on behalf of a young man abused by the police and was the victim of racial epithets hurled at her by regime officials. There is a case to be made that the regime in Cuba has issues with racism.

Her husband, arrested along with her and still detained (but his location and health status are known) is Jorge Luis García Pérez, an opposition leader in the locality of Placetas, who was imprisoned on March 15, 1990 for “oral enemy propaganda” when he spoke out in favor of Eastern European style reforms in Cuba. García Pérez, known as “Antunez”, was finally released more than 17 years later on April 22, 2007, having served one of the longest sentences for the present generation of political prisoners on the island. While in prison he founded along with others, an organization called the Pedro Luis Boitel Political Prisoner’s Movement. In November of 2009 he founded the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Front.adding the name after the Front’s founding in honor of a prisoner of conscience who died on hunger strike on February 23, 2010.

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1 thought on “Cuba: Don’t ask, don’t go to prison”

  1. Rosa Parks… Rosa Parks didn’t do anything next to what these people agonizingly do to ultimately cost them their health, whatever little freedom they have, and at times their life. But again, the Cuban struggle for freedom doesn’t serve, nor favor, the agenda of the international left so who cares.

    Let’s rather sit and continue hearing about Mandela (a tremendous hypocrite, miserable, and truly discredited Castro ass-kisser by the way), the 1940’s holocaust (yes again, because apparently it has been the only atrocity in history, oh wait it hasn’t, but boy has playing that eternal victim position been useful or what, specially if you are a group pushing a leftist agenda, just ask Jesse Jackson. Never mind where else it happened, nor to who else, nor that it still happens in North Korea on a daily basis), about the rights of Taliban members in Guantanamo, the rights of illegals (because boy would those new votes help or what), about gay rights (all my respects for the gays, but we are talking USA of all places, give me a break), and yes Rosa Parks. And stay sited because the same people will subsequently talk about how great Che was.

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