The war against the freedom fighting couple

Uncommon Sense has more on the war being waged against Antúnez and his wife Iris; husband and wife freedom fighters who together risk their lives in the struggle against tyranny in Cuba.

Castro dictatorship at war with husband-wife freedom fighters

Antunez Iris and Antunez

Two of the most fearless fighters in Cuba against the Castro dictatorship are former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez” and his wife Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera.

Which explains why regime spares no effort to try to keep the couple under control — up to and including threatening their very lives, as evidenced by events on Sunday.

Via Radio Marti and Twitter, Antunez reports that he and Iris, along with fellow activist Eriberto Liranza, were arrested and detained in Havana. The couple had traveled to the capital so that Iris could undergo medical tests for symptoms she has suffered since she was beaten by police earlier this month.

This is Cuba, where Cubans don’t have the right to travel wherever they want, so the police ordered Antunez and Iris expelled back to their hometown of Placetas. Liranza’s whereabouts were unknown, according to Antunez’s tweets.

Antunez and his wife rarely let the regime have the final say about what they do and this time is no exception.

Via Twitter, Antunez said Iris is prepared to start a hunger strike until she is allowed to receive the care she needs.

2 thoughts on “The war against the freedom fighting couple”

  1. I know it’s obvious, but I’m saying it: if this couple were South Africans during apartheid, the usual suspects would be ALL OVER THEM. I mean, absolute feeding frenzy, MAJOR coverage, the works. Bigger than Biko. The black usual suspects would be simply beside themselves in fervor, advocacy and outrage. As in frothing at the mouth. But Iris and Antunez are just not the correct ideological shade of black, so no soup for THEM.

  2. You tell me: Who’s more ready for their close-up, Antunez and Iris or Mandela and Winnie? I mean, it’s no contest. The Cuban couple could easily be played by Denzel Washington and Halle Berry, whereas dopey Nelson and poultry-faced Winnie, well, you get the picture. Shallow? Maybe, but such things DO matter in terms of media appeal and attention. Remember the Che photo? So why aren’t the Cubans being mobbed by admiring, even panting media people? Simple. Follow the ideology.

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