Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Three student leaders remain in jail
Three Cuban student leaders arrested last week, after they presented a petition requesting autonomy for Cuban universities and participated in a vigil demanding the release of a detained dissident, remain in jail, according to Raices de Esperanza. They are:
1. Eliecer Consuegra Rivas 2. Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina 3. Gerardo Sanchez Ortega
Raices de Esperanza has information on how you can help them.
Just as these and other Cubans stood up for when Juan Bermudez Toranzo, now other Cubans are standing up for them. Independent journalist Idania Yanes Contrera reports that members of the Eastern Democratic Alliance have begun a series of fasts to show support for Consuegra, the president of the group.
Also, Martí Noticias reports that in all, seven dissidents remain jailed after a recent wave of arrests. Besides the three students and Bermudez, they are Manuel Pérez Soria, Vladimir Alejo Miranda and Antún Clemente Hernández.
"Nobody is in agreement…It’s that, no one says it and no one takes the risk to say it, to speak the truth. That’s what is happening. In other words, one of the foundations, of what are the regimes in the entire world, in all of history, has been fear and lies. In other words, once you are in fear that's when you don’t take a risk, where you collect yourself and don’t unite…understood? To be in fear is not to offer help to anyone because that signifies risk." -Gorki Águila Carrasco, lead singer, guitarist of the music group Porno Para Ricardo and political prisoner
"Socialist ideology, like so many others, has two main dangers. One stems from confused and incomplete readings of foreign texts, and the other from the arrogance and hidden rage of those who, in order to climb up in the world, pretend to be frantic defenders of the helpless so as to have shoulders on which to stand." --Jose Marti