The 17th anniversary of Cuba’s Black Spring of 2003

It was 17 years ago today, on a spring morning in Cuba, when the socialist Castro dictatorship set in motion a wave of repression to brutally crackdown on Cuban opposition leaders, librarians, and independent journalists. When that wave finished washing over the entire island, 75 innocent Cubans had been arrested and later sentenced to serve long prison terms as much as 25 years for their “counterrevolutionary” acts of exercising free speech.

That day, March 18, 2003, was named and continues to be known as The Black Spring of 2003.

Not much has changed in Cuba over the past 17 years as we come upon another anniversary of The Black Spring. The brutality and repression of the Castro dictatorship is still in force and in many ways has become more brutal and repressive. Political prisoners fill the prisons all over the island where many are tortured and beaten. Thousands of human rights activists are arrested every year while State Security agents continue their weekly violence and attacks against the women of the Ladies in White.

17 years after the Black Spring, the international community continues to look the other way as the socialist Castro dictatorship continues to brutalize, imprison, and assassinate its opponents with impunity.

This anniversary is yet another reminder that Cuba remains smothered under the same darkness that enveloped the island 61 years ago.

Read more about Cuba’s Black Spring at Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter.