This doesn’t happen very often, so it almost counts as a “man bites dog” kind of news story.
The Human Rights Foundation has wagged its finger at Raul Castro for persecuting one of the children of the Revolution.
Tania Bruguera has made it clear that she is not a “dissident” and that she belongs to a family with impeccable “Revolutionary” credentials.
Her standing as an internationally-known artist who has been allowed to travel quite a bit makes her more prominent than the other thousands of dissidents who have suffered the same treatment she was subjected to recently –or much worse treatment, in fact.
If all the dissidents in Cuba received the same kind of attention, then maybe things would start to change. But, hey, what Bruguera attempted to do takes chutzpah, and this small step by the HRF is very good, even if it’s a case of preferential treatment.
Sometimes it’s only a case like this –when Cronus devours his progeny — that can convince non-Cubans that there is something rotten in the kingdom of Castrogonia.
NEW YORK (January 13, 2015)—The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the multiple arbitrary arrests of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera on charges of “disobedience,” “incitement to disorderly conduct” and “incitement to commit a crime,” and calls on President Raúl Castro to dismiss the case against her immediately. On December 30, 2014, Bruguera planned to stage an open mic performance in Havana’s Revolution Square, but state security officers showed up at her house early that morning and placed her under arrest, only releasing her after the set time for the event had passed. Over the next two days, Bruguera was detained and released two more times. Cuban authorities also seized her computer and her passport, preventing her from leaving the island.
“Bruguera’s only ‘weapons’ were a microphone and her determination to shine a ray of light into the darkness of a military dictatorship that has censored every independent word in Cuba for the last 56 years,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “Natan Sharansky’s famous ‘town square test’ put it best: ‘if a person can walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment or physical harm, then that person is living in a free society. If not, it’s a fear society.’ Outrageously, the Castros have kept Cuba a fear society for over half a century,” said Halvorssen….
….“It has been very difficult to find a lawyer who’s willing to take my case. They’re scared of doing anything against the government,” said Bruguera in a phone conversation with HRF. “State security told me it’s ‘better’ if I leave Cuba, but they still have my passport,” she lamented.
Read the whole thing HERE.