Remembering Cuban martyr and dissident Harold Cepero on what would have been his 40th birthday
“Whoever destroys a single life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed the whole world, and whoever saves a single life is considered by Scripture to have saved the whole world.” – Mishnah (1135-1204)
Harold Cepero Escalante was born in Ciego de Avila on January 29, 1980 and was murdered by the Cuban dictatorship together with Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas in Bayamo, Granma on July 22, 2012. Harold was a member of the Christian Liberation Movement and a youth leader. Harold understood that those who engaged in repression were also not free stating “[t]hose who remove and crush freedom are the real slaves.”
Today would have been his 40th birthday, but thanks to the Castro regime’s secret police his life was ended eight years ago at the age of 32.
Harold understood the dangers of advocating for freedom in Cuba under the Castro dictatorship. In 2012, shortly before his death he explained the cost of resistance:”Christians and non-Christians who have the courage and the freedom to consider the peaceful political option for their lives, know they are exposing themselves to slightly less than absolute solitude, to work exclusion, to persecution, to prison or death.”
This courageous young man is remembered and the demand for justice continues.