Friday, February 26, 2010

Amnesty International Adopts Darsi Ferrer as Prisoner of Concience

26 February 2010

Amnesty International has adopted its 55th prisoner of conscience in Cuba and urged President Raúl Castro to release him immediately and unconditionally.

Darsi Ferrer, Director of the ‘Juan Bruno Zayas’ Health and Human Rights Centre in Havana, has been detained since July 2009 on spurious charges of receiving illegally obtained goods, an offense usually immediately bailed. Continues here......
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3 More Cuban Political Prisoners Have Started a Hunger Strike

From the blog Uncomon Sence:

Three Cuban dissidents — the prisoners of conscience Eduardo Díaz Fleitas and Diosdado González Marrero, and independent journalist Guillermo "Coco" Fariñas — have started hunger strike protests against the Castro dictatorship and to demand freedom for Cuban political prisoners, according to the Twitter feed for the independent Cuban magazine Convivencia. The three man have been in prison since what is known as "Black Spring of 2003", when the regime cracked down on dissidents and arrested 75 men and gave them lengthy prison terms with bogus accusations.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vigil for Orlando Zapata & Brothers to the Rescue

Silent Vigil by Cuban exiles including the sister of dissident Antunez. Following the Vigil at FIU in 2010 for Brothers to the Rescue & Orlando Zapata Tamayo a few of the participants walk over with the families to the Law School where outside of the law school a tree with a plaque dedicated to the four brothers leave roses for their loved ones.

While in Cuba the body of Orlando Zapata was laid to rest among screams of "Free Cuba", and extreme vigilance from his murderers, who kept a close eye and tried to stop people from assisting his funeral.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Orlando Zapata Tamayo Has Passed Away!!

Why so much injustice!!

Following 86 days on hunger strike, our brother Orlando Zapata Tamayo has passed away.

Orlando was born on May 15, 1967. Originally form Santiago de Cuba. He was a mason and a plumber. He was a member of the group "Movimiento Alternativa Republicana" (Alternative Republican Movement).

No longer will his racist jailers be able to beat him up in his cell as they did with frequency.

May God rap him in his glory. Zapata, hero of the fight against the Castro's Fascist Communism.

Rest in peace Orlando Zapata Tamayo, 1967-2010. You are finally free!!

From the blog Uncommon sense:

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a valiant defender of the liberty of the Cuban people, died today, murdered by the Castro regime which refused to guarantee respect for his basic rights. An Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Zapata Tamayo engaged in a hunger strike of over 80 days to demand such a guarantee and to protest against terrible mistreatment he suffered in the Communist regime’s prisons, including brutal beatings. Zapata Tamayo, who will be remembered as a giant of the Cuban resistance, had been unjustly imprisoned since March 20, 2003.

“The abuses committed against Orlando Zapata Tamayo prove that torture and terror are inflicted upon the Cuban people are official policy under the Castro regime. His death is evidence of the practice of state terrorism,” stated Janisset Rivero, Adjunct National Secretary of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

In October, 2009, Zapata Tamayo was brutally beaten by military personnel at Holguin provincial prison, causing an internal hematoma in his head so severe that Zapata Tamayo had to undergo surgery. He began his hunger strike on December 3, 2009, at Kilo 8 prison in Camagüey, classified in Cuba as employing a “maximum severity” prison regime. For 18 days, Major Filiberto Hernández Luis, the prison’s director, denied Zapata Tamayo drinking water, the only thing he was ingesting during the strike. The effect of this act of torture was to induce kidney failure. In mid-January, he was transferred to Amalia Simoni Hospital in the city of Camagüey, where he was left to languish nearly completely nude under intense air conditioning, causing him to contract pneumonia. Despite his critical health condition, the regime transferred him to the hospital at Combinado del Este prison, which did not have the equipment and conditions necessary to treat him.

The Cuban Democratic Directorate also underlines that this crime joins a long list of atrocities committed by the Castro brothers which include thousands of executions by firing squad and countless cases of unjust imprisonment of Cuban citizens.

Additionally, Cuban prisoners of conscience Ariel Sigler Amaya and Normando Hernández González are also unjustly imprisoned and in terrible health. Their cases require prompt support and solidarity from Cubans around the world and the international community.

“They finally murdered Orlando Zapata Tamayo. They finally finished him. My son’s death has been a premeditated murder. I thank all of those brothers who struggled not to allow my son to die. There has been another Pedro Luis Boitel in Cuba,” stated Reina Tamayo Danger to the Cuban Democratic Directorate. Boitel was a Cuban student leader who was unjustly imprisoned by the Castro regime and died after a prolonged hunger strike in 1972.

The Cuban Democratic Directorate condemns this horrendous crime. We raise our voice to call for the condemnation of the Raúl Castro regime and those directly responsible for the death of this human rights defender for committing this crime against humanity.

Zapata Tamayo’s death will not be in vain. It will illuminate the path of Cuba’s civic resistance until the Cuban people achieve their freedom.