Chronicle of a Martyr, Chronicle of Cuba (II)

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Chronicle of a Martyr, Chronicle of Cuba (II)

Reina Luisa Tamayo and Her Relatives Offer Press Conference
by Raul Garcia

Early in the morning the day after Reina Luisa Tamayo’s arrival to Miami, I had the honor and privilege to assist a press conference that this freedom fighter and her family of 12 members were offering various Spanish speaking media outlets, as well as American ones, in the office of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

When I saw the Zapata Tamayo family up close, walking into the room where the conference would be held, I felt the same way I felt the previous day in the airport.  Inspiration. Pride. Honor.  In which other possible way can I describe that scene? A mother whose son was assassinated by a despotic government, carrying the box with his ashes in her hands, accompanied by other children and grandchildren, while they all screamed “Zapata Lives” and “Down with the assassin Castro brothers”.  Their words, full of passion and resistance, rang throughout the rather small office.  Quickly, the press started taking photos.  Questions flew from one side of the room to another, while men and women with microphones tried to get as closest possible to Reina.

Once again, I could not help but point out in my mind just how much things had changed for this family.  Just a few days ago, a few hours ago, Reina was not allowed to speak in public in her native land.  But now, in exile, everyone wanted to hear her words.  We all congregated in that room where Reina was about to answer questions.  From behind the room, we could see beyond the circle set up by the press with their cameras, microphones, and reporters.  Reina Luisa Tamayo and her family accommodated themselves along the wall and raised their signs, their photos of Zapata, and Reina took a seat and carefully placed the box with Zapata’s remains on the conference table, along with small Cuban and American flags.  In that room, there were former political prisoners, Ladies in White, human rights activists, political figures, and bloggers.

Continue reading Raul Garcia’s essay HERE.