Cuban opposition leader Jose Daniel Ferrer: ‘Being in the opposition in Cuba is well worth it’

Julio Schilling interviews the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) Jose Daniel Ferrer in El American:

‘Being in the Opposition in Cuba is Well Worth It’: An Interview with José Daniel Ferrer

With a Ghandian harmony, Ferrer makes it clear that the work is for many and that it requires, among many things, will, intelligence, wisdom and love for Cuba

l American had the opportunity, as part of its series of short interviews, to talk with Cuban dissident and human rights activist José Daniel Ferrer. During the spring of 2003, he was unjustly arrested in the so-called Black Spring Of Cuba cause and, consequently, these courageous opponents became known as the Group of 75, after the number of those imprisoned on that occasion.

Among numerous distinctions, Ferrer has received the XIII International Human Rights Award from the Fundación Hispano-Cubana and the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy.

Ferrer endured political imprisonment for eight long years in which he was subjected to numerous tortures and carried out a number of hunger strikes in Castro’s dungeons. The patriotic tasks have never ceased. Nor have the arbitrary arrests, the torture, the harassment of him and his family by the Cuban dictatorship and hunger strikes as a method of struggle. The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), an organization Ferrer helped found in 2011, is considered by many to be the largest with an active opposition force within the island and represented in exile in numerous countries.

Standing out in the answer to the first question, it was a repeated emphasis by Ferrer. “It is well worth it to be in the opposition”. When asked to describe what it is like to be in the opposition in communist Cuba today, despite all the hardships, harassments, constant attacks by pro-government mobs, social ostracism, and continuous arrests, the prominent UNPACU leader insists on placing morality above adversity. That, undoubtedly, weighs on his decision to remain in Cuba and confront the bloody tyranny in power.

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