This past Thursday, Cuban dissident and peaceful human rights activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antúnez” gave unprecedented testimony before a U.S. Senate hearing from Cuba. But the New York Times did not deem this news fit to print.
Two days later, on Saturday, Antúnez was arrested by Castro State Security in retaliation for his testimony exposing the repression on the island. He was brutally and mercilessly beaten until he was left unconscious. But once again, the New York Times did not deem this news fit to print.
By Monday, Senator Bob Menedez (D-NJ), chairmen of the committee Antúnez testified before, was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in denouncing the Castro dictatorship’s heinous violation of human rights and its complete disregard for the U.S. Senate and the the U.S. government. But the New York Times still did not deem this news fit to print.
By Tuesday, Senators Menedez and Rubio had been joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers denouncing this latest atrocity by the Cuban dictatorship, including Senator John Kerry. But the New York Times continued to hold on to their determination that this news was not fit to print.
Finally, on Wednesday, when Antúnez was released, the New York Times apparently fell out of the mango tree. After days of complete silence, the fall seems to have awakened the Grey Lady from her slumber and the news finally became fit to print.
Cuba: Senators Condemn Treatment of Cuban Dissident
Several United States senators are condemning the arrest and abuse they say a Cuban dissident endured after he testified by video conference before a Senate subcommittee looking into repression on the island. Lawmakers said Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, was released Wednesday, four days after he was beaten and arrested by authorities. He had testified last Thursday from the United States Interest Section in Havana on the short-term detention of dissidents. Mr. García Pérez still faces charges, including “spreading false information,” senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Marco Rubio of Florida, both Cuban-Americans, said in a statement. The Cuban government has not responded, but generally treats dissidents as common criminals in the pay of the American government and exile groups.