“Coco” Fariñas addresses the Oslo Freedom Forum

Fariñas in Oslo

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias:

Cuban dissident Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas spoke yesterday at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2017, at which persecuted dissidents from around the world are sharing their stories and trying to raise world awareness about repression, corruption, and human rights abuses throughout the globe.

The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) describes itself as “a thriving global community of people who share the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place. The ninth annual forum will unite dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers.”

This year’s Forum includes dissidents from Ghana, North Korea, China, Turkey, Somalia, Birmania, The Maldives, Ecuador, and Venezuela, among others.  Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, spoke about the crisis in Venezuela.

In his presentation,  Fariñas briefly recapped his life history, beginning with his birth in Santa Clara, and his education in the Castro regime’s military schools.  Fariñas told the audience that his family was at first very pro-Castro, and that this led him to seek a military career, and to involvement with the proxy wars fought by the Castro armed forces in Africa on behalf of the Soviet Union.

Fariñas then explained how his experiences fighting for the Castro/Soviet axis opened his eyes to the real nature of the so-called “Revolution.”

“I witnessed how the Cuban military destroyed villages and killed women, children, and the elderly,” he said. “I saw how they used bulldozers to bury the corpses in mass graves and how they poured lime on them to hasten the decomposition of the bones.  It was there, at that time, that I first realized that the Cuban Revolution that I was fighting for was not as humanitarian as it claimed to be.”

He then explained how he became a dissident in Cuba, and spoke about his time in prison, and his numerous hunger strikes.

Fariñas also spoke of the price he has paid for turning against the Castro regime.  “Given my age, if I had I stayed in the military, I would now be a colonel in the Revolutionary Armed Forces. That was my destiny. One of my fellow students was Miguel Díaz Canel [the current “official” designated successor to King Raul].  “But something changed my destiny.”

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