On the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death, Cubans must mourn or risk prison

The news feeds today are filled with articles about all the events taking place in Cuba commemorating the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. They describe a country that one year later is still in “mourning.” What none of these articles tell you, however, is that if any Cuban refuses to mourn the death of the dictator, they are sent to prison.

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Refusing to mourn Fidel Castro’s death is punishable by prison in Cuba.

Reuters needs to take a closer look at the Cuban reality

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Member of local electoral commission tests microphone in front of image of Fidel Castro

Without any context or irony Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta of Reuters in their article “Cuba marks anniversary of Fidel death as post-Castro era nears” referring to Cuban despot Fidel Castro as a “revolutionary leader” reports that the dictator’s “death last year plunged Cuba into nine days of national mourning.” The Reuters reporters also claimed that “‘I am Fidel’ became a nationwide chant, as many Cubans pledged to stay faithful to the revolution he led that in 1959 overthrew a U.S.-backed dictator.” However there is no mention of the Cubans arrested and still in prison today for refusing to mourn Fidel Castro’s death last year.

Two Cubans who refused to remain silent and spoke out on the real legacy of Fidel Castro remain in prison today. Their names are Carlos Alberto González Rodríguez and Eduardo Cardet Concepción. Seven others spent months in prison for refusing to go along or remain silent in their disdain for Castro.

Carlos Alberto González Rodríguez
Carlos Alberto González Rodríguez, a 48 year old engineer, was sentenced to two years in prison after placing a poster that said “Down with Fidel” in Camajuaní, Santa Clara on November 26, 2016, one day after the death of the elderly tyrant. He was charged with a “predilection to social dangerousness” and a summary judgement was rendered against him. He is currently at the “El Pre” prison in Santa Clara.

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Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Eduardo Cardet Concepción
Eduardo Cardet Concepción, age 49, has spent the last eleven months arbitrarily detained in a Cuban prison. Cardet, a medical doctor, husband and father of two has been jailed for his nonviolent activism generally and specifically for giving an honest assessment of the life and legacy of Fidel Castro. Following Castro’s November 25, 2016 death, Cardet explained to a foreign journalist that “Castro was a very controversial man, very much hated and rejected by our people.” On November 30, 2016 when he returned home to Cuba he was beaten up in front of his wife and children by Cuban state security and jailed. Amnesty International has recognized him as a prisoner of conscience.

Eduardo Cardet is the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement. [His predecessor, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, met with a suspicious death along with Harold Cepero Escalante on July 22, 2012.] On November 30th he will mark one year in prison.

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1 thought on “On the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death, Cubans must mourn or risk prison”

  1. The embarrassment and the shame only increase with time. There’s just no end to the excruciating payasería of these ridiculous Castroite clowns. I am way beyond fed up with anything even remotely Latrine, let alone North Korean. What a disgrace.

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