The former political prisoners Ángel de Fana, Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez, José L. Pujals Mederos and the ever eternal Mario Chanes de Armas, Eusebio Peñalver, and many others, Heleno Oviedo, Javier Denis, among many whose greatness makes us feel small and insignificant, conceived from exile one of many noble altruistic projects and those created to support their compatriots in Cuba fighting for change.
Many if not almost all spent more than a decade of years in Castro’s dungeons and all of whom were not able to devote their intellectual gifts, prestige and recognition to economic and family prosperity. But they preferred despite their individual ages and conditions to put their efforts to not forgetting those left behind and so to dedicate their efforts to alleviating the pain and difficulties of the current political prisoners and their families.
What little mother of a prisoner, sister, wife or child devastated by a parent in prison policy did not cry with excitement and thanked veterans tireless these? Many, in this patriotic modesty, nor care to give his name or try to make themselves known, and not only helped his countrymen when they were prisoners, but once out of the bars have continued to benefit from this generous and selfless.
What little mother of a prisoner, sister, wife or child devastated by a parent who is a political prisoner did not cry with excitement and thank these tireless veterans? Many, from patriotic modesty, did not care to give their names or try to make themselves known, and not only helped their countrymen when they were prisoners, but once out from behind the bars they have continued to benefit from this generous and selfless help.
A few weeks ago a number of opponents received a cell phone thanks to these tireless veterans.
Some questions occur to me: first, how it is understood that the program of a prestigious organization and seriousness such as Plantados hasta la Libertad y la Democracia en Cuba suffers a shortage of funds due to the disapproval of the government of Barack Obama? Second, I don’t understand how in times like this where the forces of resistance face major thrusts and more brutal repression, times in which we need support and solidarity, the organizations who most provide it are deprived of their funds? Third, if it is my paranoia please excuse me, dear reader, but I am thinking of the hundreds and hundreds of my brothers left in prison, of their stranded families, of the thousands and thousands brave guajiros of the resistance who will henceforth lost their mobile phone or not be able to recharge it, of the dozens of my brothers who will emerge from their long years in prison to barely find their family or their home and thanks to organizations like Plantados and el Directorio Democrático Cubano they will be able to continue fighting and resisting.
I am not speaking for myself, because the discouragement, the incomprehension of such a gross plot will not make me lose any sleep nor will it make me leave Cuba. Rest assured advisers and instigators of such maneuvers. Notwithstanding all this, my brother Angel de Fana continues Plantados hasta la Libertad y la Democracia en Cuba, of this I have not the slightest doubt to those who deprive the resistance of its resources and of the solidarity and support of those closest and true friends of the cause of freedom in Cuba.
October 20 2011