From our very weary and deeply depressed Bureau of Socialist Compassion and Social Justice with some assistance from our very frustrated Bureau of Black Lives That Don’t Matter
Not many people outside the Cuban community care about the trials taking place in Castrogonia, or about the ridiculously long prison sentences meted out to peaceful protesters, including very young ones with disabilities, such as the one featured in this story.
If the major news media ran stories such as the one below would more people outside of Castrogonia start to care? Don’t count on it. Never forget that Cuba is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
And here’s an impertinent question: why isn’t the news media calling attention to the race issue that permeates all of the July 11 protests and the arrests that followed? How many of the Cubans being thrown in prison are black? How many of the long prison sentences are being doled out to blacks? Most of those we know about — those who have been profiled by independent Cuban journalists — are black. No doubt about it. If anyone were to check the statistics, they would probably find that something like 75 to 80 percent of those arrested and imprisoned are black.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the Black Lives Matter folks Or the Marx Sisters to denounce this atrocity. Cuban black lives don’t matter. The white racist oligarchs who own everything and repress everyone in Castrogonia are good benevolent humanitarians. They’re socialists, and socialists can do no wrong! They’re sinless! They’ve all been redeemed and sanctified by their Lord and Savior Karl Marx.
Loosely translated from CiberCuba:
“All the trials were pure deceit, particularly my son’s. My son did not steal, he did not kill, he did not cut, he did not throw stones at any establishment; my son did not cheat, why do they sentence him to 23 years?” Walnier Luis Aguilar Rivera’s father asked indignantly.
Luis Wilber Aguilar Bravo, father of one of the political prisoners detained for demonstrating, denounced this Friday the lies and abuse of power manifested in the trial of his son and of so many young people who face harsh penalties for participating in the historic 11J protests in Cuba.
In a video broadcast on social networks, Aguilar Bravo said that his complaint was intended to deny “what they said on the news, that the crimes of those boys are attached to the sentences,” alluding to the report broadcast on the official Cuban television news program. .
“All the trials were a hoax, particularly my son’s. My son did not steal, he did not kill, he did not cut, he did not throw stones at any establishment; my son did not cheat, why do they sentence him to 23 years? ”, asked the father of Walnier Luis Aguilar Rivera, a young Cuban sentenced to 23 years in prison for demonstrating in his neighborhood, La Güinera.
Addressing the country’s rulers, Aguilar Bravo blamed the authorities’ mistreatment and neglect of the most vulnerable. “Instead of meeting the needs of these young people from poor neighborhoods, offering them job opportunities, improvement, so that they can take care of their children,” he told them, “correct it, there is still an opportunity.”
“This is for you [the rulers], not for the outside, not for any media, it is for you. What charges are those of sedition, if they are not colonels or anything like that? Leave that to your ministers, who are the real traitors. That ball of years leave it for them, not for those boys. They are young people with children, mothers and family”, he said.
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