A gangland style kidnapping

(Note from blog editor: This video is of the demonstration that Yoani was prevented from attending.)

Near 23rd Street, just at the Avenida de los Presidentes roundabout, we saw a black car, made in China, pull up with three heavily built strangers. “Yoani, get in the car,” one told me while grabbing me forcefully by the wrist. The other two surrounded Claudia Cadelo, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, and a friend who was accompanying us to the march against violence. The ironies of life, it was an evening filled with punches, shouts and obscenities on what should have passed as a day of peace and harmony. The same “aggressors” called for a patrol car which took my other two companions, Orlando and I were condemned to the car with yellow plates, the terrifying world of lawlessness and the impunity of Armageddon.

I refused to get into the bright Geely-made car and we demanded they show us identification or a warrant to take us. Of course they didn’t show us any papers to prove the legitimacy of our arrest. The curious crowded around and I shouted, “Help, these men want to kidnap us,” but they stopped those who wanted to intervene with a shout that revealed the whole ideological background of the operation, “Don’t mess with it, these are counterrevolutionaries.” In the face of our verbal resistance they made a phone call and said to someone who must have been the boss, “What do we do? They don’t want to get in the car.” I imagine the answer from the other side was unequivocal, because then came a flurry of punches and pushes, they got me with my head down and tried to push me into the car. I held onto the door… blows to my knuckles… I managed to take a paper one of them had in his pocket and put it in my mouth. Another flurry of punches so I would return the document to them.

Orlando was already inside, immobilized by a karate hold that kept his head pushed to the floor. One put his knee in my chest and the other, from the front seat, hit me in my kidneys and punched me in the head so I would open my mouth and spit out the paper. At one point I felt I would never leave that car. “This is as far as you’re going, Yoani,” “I’ve had enough of your antics,” said the one sitting beside the driver who was pulling my hair. In the back seat a rare spectacle was taking place: my legs were pointing up, my face reddened by the pressure and my aching body, on the other side Orlando brought down by a professional at beating people up. I just managed to grab, through his trousers, one’s testicles, in an act of desperation. I dug my nails in, thinking he was going to crush my chest until the last breath. “Kill me now,” I screamed, with the last inhalation I had left in me, and the one in front warned the younger one, “Let her breathe.”

I was listening to Orlando panting and the blows continued to rain down on us, I planned to open the door and throw myself out but there was no handle on the inside. We were at their mercy and hearing Orlando’s voice encouraged me. Later he told me it was the same for him hearing my choking words… they let him know, “Yoani is still alive.” We were left aching, lying in a street in Timba, a woman approached, “What has happened?”… “A kidnapping,” I managed to say. We cried in each others arms in the middle of the sidewalk, thinking about Teo, for God’s sake how am I going to explain all these bruises. How am I going to tell him that we live in a country where this can happen, how will I look at him and tell him that his mother, for writing a blog and putting her opinions in kilobytes, has been beaten up on a public street. How to describe the despotic faces of those who forced us into that car, their enjoyment that I could see as they beat us, their lifting my skirt as they dragged me half naked to the car.

I managed to see, however, the degree of fright of our assailants, the fear of the new, of what they cannot destroy because they don’t understand, the blustering terror of he who knows that his days are numbered.

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163 thoughts on “A gangland style kidnapping

  1. Carbo-
    The guy is a liar.

    You’re right, it wasn’t 7%..It’s 2%..with that said, it’s 2% more people with internet in their home than the 0% you claim..
    http://www.rsf.org/Going-online-in-Cuba-Internet.html

    My statement is not based on the website alone..it’s also based on a friend of mine in Cuba who teaches and has a computer with internet in his home for work. We talk to him regularly thru web cam.
    Yoani has internet service on her personal lap top too..see-
    http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=85152

    Yoani claims in this blog that she had cuts and bruises-
    “We cried in each others arms in the middle of the sidewalk, thinking about Teo, for God’s sake how am I going to explain all these bruises.”
    They grabbed her “..by the wrist forcefully..” that would leave a mark..
    “an evening filled with punches…”
    “…then came a flurry of punches and pushes…”
    “I held onto the door…blows to my knuckles…” that would DEFinately leave a mark..
    “Another flurry of punches…”
    “One put his knee in my chest and the other, from the front seat, hit me in my kidneys and punched me in the head…” Lots of marks there..
    “…thinking he was going to crush my chest until the last breath.” she was specific on where they hit her on some of it, so far we got her knuckles bashed and at least some serious bruising on her chest and head…

    Yet when they finally show the liar, not a mark..not a cut, nor bruise. Nothing but a claim that all her bruises are on her rear end, which is why she won’t show us…so tell me genius, why believe a woman who first claims rather clearly that she has cuts and bruises everywhere, even getting specific as to where, then when the camera shows there are no marks, she completely changes her story? Are you really that plain foolish?

    I can’t believe this page hasn’t been taken down yet out of embarrassment over how bad a liar she is.

  2. Hi,after thanksgiving day,in america any people doing diferents thins,some peaple returning to work,or anothers from home after the celebration,but everybady have somethins in comun ,we have freedom to celebreting in peace,and doing any activity in any parts of america,whit respect.i want that for my cuba to,i have 16 years in america,am very happy,and im living my life in total happyness.THAT WILL BE POSIBLE IN CUBA ONE DAY,NOT TO FAR.keeping move ms.Yoanis,whit peace: everythins are comings,be pacients and persisting in yours dreams.

  3. los cdr en cuba son aquellos que chivatean a sus propias madres contra el regimen castrista,estas personas son de recurso bajos y no dejan a los vecinos vivir en paz acusandolos de cuanta cosa puedan.en todas las esquinas aqui en cuba hay un c.d.r.estos son los primeros que hay que desmalentar cuando se acabe la tirania castrista.tambien se venden cuando les conviene a su conveniencias partidas de descarados y sinverguensas.

  4. la derecha y sus posiciones no generan ningun avance en cuba.dejen a la juventud hacer las cosas a su manera,ya en el tiempo gue les toco a ustedes no supieron hacer las cosas,fijense si las hicieron bien gue todavia en cuba se mantiene la misma situacion.YOANIS NO IMPORTA LO GUE TE DIGAN ALGUNOS ODIOSOS GUE NO REPRESENTAN AL EXILIO CUBANO EN SU TOTALIDAD,SIGUE ADELANTE.tu estas en cuba y solo ustedes los de alla pueden cambiar las cosas.

  5. HI YOANY FROM CHINA. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU ARE A VERY VALIENT AND UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL I PERFECTLY UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU COMING FROM. THE CASTROS BROTHERS SHOULD LEAVE THE ISLAND IMMEDIATLY AND LET THE CUBAN PEOPLE LIVE IN PEACE. THE CASTROS BROTHERS HAVE DIVIDED ALL THE CUBAN FAMILYS THEY ARE ALL OVER THE WORLD TODAY IS TIME FOR SOME ONE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND TELL THE TRUTH, THEIR REVOLUTION IS ALL BASED ON LIES.

  6. HACE UN RATO HABIAN 165 COMENTARIOS AHORA NADA MAS HAY 153 PARECE QUE LA MAFIA DE CASTRO MANEJA ESTA PAGINA. HIJOS DE PU.

  7. Saludos desde Iran Yoani!
    What happened to you is exactly a copy of what’s happening to us in Iran. WE(Iranians and Cubans) struggling for the same ideals. We should join forces and ideas and tactics. Is interesting that the march you were going to join, on November 6th was exactly 2 days after Iranians march for freedom on November 4th, where it was massively repressed and many were beaten and arrested. I hope you’ve heard about our struggles for being able to share in deciding the destiny of our society exactly like what you’re trying to achieve. We also here, after 31 years of so-called “revolution” decided we as a whole deserve better. Don’t we all do??

  8. can somebody aswer me. why the goverment has change the police city for palestinos orientales?no doubt most of them are from oriente probably becaouse the hate habaneros? is that right?

  9. Caro Fidel,
    Why? why are you making yourself responsible for this?
    To millions of people in the world, your revolution means HOPE, the possibility that we can achieve a better and fairer way of living. Si, se puede; it came before Obama.
    For 50 years, the world has been looking you. I have read what you have done, what you have written, I know that deep inside, you are animated by the best intentions.
    How is it possible then that you don’t see how it all comes down in ashes when your men oppress civil liberties? The very goal of socialism should be love for fellow men; where do beatings come in towards that goal?
    I am sorry you can’t or don’t want to see this.
    Lo siento pero – esta vez – la historia no te absolvera’.

    Hopeful to see things change
    Marco

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