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I am among the millions of Cubans who consider, either from personal experience, longing, or common sense, that now more than ever the solution to the Cuban problem must be enacted among Cubans; that is, among all those who form a part of this great nation called Cuba, in which those who are inside and outside have an equal share of participation and belonging, (I use the term “those who are” and not “those from the,” because the latter seems to me to be exclusive and very convenient for the regime). In the strength and sacrifice of our compatriots is our destiny. The success, delay, and even the key to our efforts depends on our future actions.

But also, today more than ever, international solidarity and a coherent and firm policy against the tyrannical regime in Havana is important. The European Parliament has been clear, just and forceful. It is hoped that the European Union, when they meet soon, will be the same.

From the Spanish Socialist government, nothing can be expected. Hopefully the Obama administration is now convinced that conciliatory policies and rapprochement with totalitarians are unfruitful.

God willing, and why not, may the Florida electorate allow that great Cuban and friend of Cuba’s liberty named Mario Díaz-Balart to be re-elected as a congressman.

Although the cause of freedom in Cuba is neither Democratic nor Republican (because both parties contain important friends and allies) the important efforts of and results achieved by brothers Lincoln and Mario Díaz-Balart in the US House of Representatives with regards to the freedom of their homeland are no secret to anyone. They have shown support for and closeness with their brothers inside Cuba, and above all they have maintained a firm policy, without mincing words against those Caribbean tyrannosaurs.

Translated by: Ricote

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Misters Raul and Fidel Castro:

This March 15, 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of my imprisonment by the dynastic government you lead. I was 25 years, five months and 15 days old on March 15, 1990 when I declared myself to be an opposition activist and demanded democratic reforms; it took another 17 years for me to be released. I will never forget how during that time the sinister units of the political police physically and mentally tortured me, and tried in vain to break my dignity in exchange for releasing me or making my prison term more comfortable.

Reflecting today, two decades after my arrest, I am more convinced that if I had to I would do the same all over again, and I only regret not having embraced earlier the just cause that I defend.

Fidel and Raul Castro: a few days ago your hands were stained with the blood of an innocent man. Once again your forces of hatred mercilessly opposed a Titan who did not bow to terror. His name: Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a 42-year old black construction worker, whose unjust imprisonment was not enough for you, but after torturing him without limit to break his resolution, you sent him to be annihilated. You began, as is the custom in your jails, to apply refined methods of torture: 18 days without water, denial of timely medical care and total nudity before the harsh winter. This was sufficient to finish him off, with premeditation.  But it was not enough for you to kill him physically, without also trying to destroy him morally.

Does it not seem to you to be a cowardly position to attack by discrediting those who can not defend themselves? Would you not consider it to be unethical to manipulate the suffering and despair of a mother after killing her child? With the assassination of Orlando Zapata Tamayo this cruel government began to dig its own grave, because in addition to the bloodshed and the grieving family, you have sought the condemnation and contempt of a people that is not stupid despite being uninformed, and whose intelligence and common sense is offended, according to countless collected opinions.

The attacks on the memory of Orlando Zapata in this servile press could not deny in the least that he is one of 75 peaceful opponents that you, in your historic terror attack, arrested during that black March of 2003; that due to the guidelines given to Officers Julio César González Bombino and Filiberto Hernández Luis, he was  deprived of drinking water during the first 18 days of his hunger strike, and that during last winter he had to pass the night on the bitterly cold ground without being covered, in the infamous Kilo 8 prison in Camagüey.

And I tell you this because, as they did to Zapata, these and other officers, including those in the same prison, also tortured me in the same way.  It is true, and it doesn’t embarrass us to recognize that we are very moved and saddened by the death of our brother, but at the same time we are encouraged for certain reasons, as your hopes and those of the physical executors of the crime have been dashed against the strength of his mother Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger, and of his brothers, who turned the funeral into a true expression of resistance. The political cost and international condemnation have been of such magnitude that it is impossible that you will ever recover.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s sacrifice, despite this cowardly attempt to distort his image, now rises higher than ever and will be multiplied in all those who, like him, are firm in the defense of human rights and in the peaceful and direct confrontation against tyranny.

Today, 20 years after my incarceration, allow me to draw two conclusions. First, when you assassinated Orlando Zapata, you thought that you were going to terrorize us. You were wrong.  Amongst the Cuban people there are thousands of Zapatas who do not fear you.  Second, 20 years ago I shouted in a public square that communism was a mistake and I advocated reforms. Today I tell you the same and more.

Fidel and Raul Castro, cruel murderers, give up your power because the people despise you.

From Placetas, from one who will neither shut up nor leave Cuba,

Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez”

Former political prisoner

Translated by ricote and HEFA

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