Survive

Martha Beatriz Roque Photo from El Nuevo Herald http://media.elnuevoherald.com/smedia/2012/09/16/21/52/XJ9rE.Em.84.jpeg

Martha Beatriz Roque Photo from El Nuevo Herald

The light is dim, the room narrow, the murmur of Santo Suarez seeps through the walls. On the bed is a bone-thin woman with freezing hands and a barely audible voice. Martha Beatriz Roque declared a hunger strike a week ago. I’ve come to her wrapped in the busyness of daily life and in the rush of information; but her face wears the calmness of time and experience. She is there, as fragile as a little girl of such weightlessness that I could lift her up and lull her to sleep in my lap. I’m surprised by her clarity, the categorical manner in which she explains to me her refusal to eat. Every word she manages to pronounce — with such intensity — doesn’t seem to come from a body so diminished by fasting.

I thought I would never again be at the bedside of a hunger striker. The false optimism that all future time had to be better had led me to believe that Guillermo Fariñas with his prominent ribs and dry mouth would be the last dissident who would turn to starvation as a weapon of citizen demands. But two years after those 134 days without eating, I am again seeing the sunken stomachs and sallow coloring of those who refuse to eat. This time there are now 28 people throughout the country and their motive is, once again, the helplessness of the individual before a legality too marked by ideology. Because of the absence of other ways to challenge the government, the intestines empty themselves as a method of demand and rebellion. Sadly, all they have left us is our own skin and bones, and the walls of our stomachs, to make ourselves heard.

Before leaving Martha Beatriz’s house I counseled her, “You have to survive, this type of regime you have to outlive them.” And I went into the street, wrapped in the guilt and responsibility that every Cuban should feel before such a sad event.  “Survive, survive,” I kept thinking, when talking with the family of Jorge Vázquez who should have been freed on September 9 and whose immediate release is the demand of those fasting. “Survive, survive,” I told myself, seeing on TV the faces of those who have turned disagreement into a crime in this country, and civil protest treason. “Survive, survive, we will survive them,” I promised myself. But perhaps it is already too late for that.

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46 thoughts on “Survive

  1. Pingback: In Cuba, 28 pople are using starvation as a weapon of citizen demands against a repressive regime | AEIdeas

  2. I am with yoani but many of them in one…because one candle cant light enough the darkness…so better be with bigger energy and spread more than a candle..so be like sunlight not as candle weak light…Help you must be the brother twin of Damir.Two opposites fight each other…but I dont see anyone right between them and that is the reason that they blame each other so I am just saying about both of them what they are saying for each other..thats all.I am looking as a globalist maybe and that is nothing wrong..but the whole picture is ugly..same..no much difference in the jungle between the beasts life…I am out.I let you continue yor cannibalism and fight.I am going to some island live a simple life…Goodbye

  3. european, it is people like you “who lead the hell everywhere” and are leading the world to destruction

    if you want the world to be less ugly, follow the example of people like Yoani and make the world a better place.

    but maybe you’re just another of Fidel’s goons spraying graffiti on this blog, what you say amigo?

  4. Yoani should start writting about cuba and also the big picture,pain scene,worldwide because they are one,the same…and identify those who lead the humanity to the destruction today and in the past…not just in cuba but also in europe,east and west,in north and south america,africa and asia.We know who lead the hell everywhere as we know who created and lead the cuba’s hell now and before

  5. The hell on earth is created and ruled by the humans who ruled,rule it and those who follow them to this destruction,madness.sickness,suicide,ugly art,inferiority.
    We can identify easy those humans who lead and those who followed them same as in cuba…in every country,who ruled and rules all.Still Hollywood should make a movie about this history of human inferiority,uglyness,work,art of pain,misery,destruction. Even generation y should writte a post in this blog about it

  6. What to tell…that the whole humanity and the world today looks like the picture here,pain,hunger,sickness,weakness,dark and death…This is not God’s Art,the Artist of the Universe but of the humans…and those are called Castros and Cubans.

    This scene is now everywhere in the planet…in Europe,Africa,Middle East,North and South Americabut also in Asia…everywhere a uglydark scene,misery created by humans who lead and rule and those who follow them.Hollywood never made a move about this,writters never wrote a book,teachers,analist,medias never talk about this world misery,created,planed,designed as an ugly art from humans,inferior souls,minds,creatures.In cuba we know who created and lead the dark evil demons=humans army to flaten cuba,destroy it paradise,but we dont know who acted thesame everywhere in the world todestroy the God’s Work,Art,paradise,planet,creatures…They of course were and are the humans not satan or devil,but the human who lead the massdestruction of the planet,its humanity. Who were them,who are them…who created the hell on earth’s paradise?…

  7. Simba Sez: Well now European, aren’t you just a little bright spot in the wilderness! Tell it like it isn’t, and let no truth interrupt your soliloquy.

  8. Survive..survive…that should be said for all people now and specially in the eurozone and north america and middle east where is becoming like cuba even worse. It looks like there will be a fall of the economy in the same time everywhere and maybe this winter when many businesses will close for sure, the eurozone will look all as athens,empty shops everywhere,les than in capitalist Hawana.Now that china produce why to have any business still in the EU and in north america,where will be all on welfare living with money printing,but how can they shop when welfare money is not enough.I think that the dark ages just began and in the winter will be misery everywhere..or maybe in the next spring or summer which can be wild in every city street…but of course not in Cuba where the parades will be like every year, pro socialism s misery…

  9. Humberto, has this Aleida Che bitch own a blog ? Let me knoe cause I will show my great admiration for her father. Gacy, Bundy, Che, a nice list of sadistic serial killers. Che’s political succes happened only beacuse there were turbulent times and one’s life was easy to spare.

  10. WONDERFUL, PERSONAL ARTICLE ABOUT A FAMILY’S TRIP TO CUBA FROM A GRINGO PERSPECTIVE! LONG, BUT VERY FUNNY AND POIGNANT!

    N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE: Where Is Cuba Going? – By JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN

    Mi esposa travels to Cuba every so many years, to do movie-related research (she’s a film-studies professor) and to visit her mother’s family, a dwindling number of which, as death and emigration have surpassed the birthrate, still live in the same small inland town, a dusty, colonial-looking agricultural town, not a place anyone’s heard of. To them, even after half a century, it’s the querencia, an untranslatable Spanish word that means something like “the place where you are your most authentic self.” They won’t go on about Cuba around you in a magic-realist way. Nor do they dream of trying to reclaim their land when the Castros die. Destiny settled their branch of the family not in Florida, where, if you’re Cuban-American, your nostalgia and anger (and sense of community) are continually stoked, but in Carolina del Norte, where nobody cares. They tend to be fairly laid back about politics. But their memories stitch helplessly back to and through that town over generations, back to the ur-ancestors who came from a small village in the Canary Islands.

    There were other post-Bush differences in the direct-to-Cuba zone. The lines had grown fewer and shorter. Most noticeable, the Cubans on our flight — a mixture of Cuban-Americans and returning Cuban nationals who had been in Florida or D.C. on visas of their own (some people do move back and forth) — weren’t carrying as much stuff. The crowd cast a fairly normal profile. Last time, people had multiple pairs of shoes tied around their necks by the laces. Thick gorgets of reading glasses. Men wearing 10 hats, several pairs of pants, everybody’s pockets bulging. Everybody wearing fanny packs. The rule was, if you could get it onto your body, you could bring it aboard. At least five people carried giant stuffed animals and other large toys. That’s one of the things in the Cuban-American community, in which going back is generally frowned upon — but if it’s to meet your nieto for the first time. . . .

    None of that, though, is what makes the Miami-to-Havana flights strange. It’s that this most obvious route, more than any of the much longer workarounds by which American citizens can get to the island, lets you feel most fully the truth of Cuba’s sheer proximity. It’s one of those flights in which, almost as soon as you reach your maximum altitude, you begin your descent, and within minutes you’re looking down on a diorama of palm trees growing incongruously in green fields, and within seconds you hit the ground and everyone bursts into applause. The country you land in is too unlike your own to have been reached that quickly, all but instantaneously, and is after all, you recall, on hostile terms with your own. As if you’ve passed through a warp. 
“Why are they clapping?” the 6-year-old asked.

    I explained that it was special, coming here. Some of these people, when they left Cuba, might have thought they would never see it again. Some had been hearing about it all their lives and were seeing it for the first time.

    “Also, they like to clap and yell,” my wife said.

    The 6-year-old did her philosopher face, gazing out the window. She gets a little dimple on her forehead when the big thoughts are brewing. “Now I’m here,” she said.

    “Yes, you are.”

    “And I’m Cuban,” she said.

    “You are part Cuban, that’s true.”

    “You’re not any Cuban,” she said, not meanly, just sort of marveling.

    She looks like me, pale with blue eyes and light brown hair and freckles. Yet she has largely been raised day to day by intense, dark-eyed Cuban-American women, and their blood is in her, and the history of their family, with all of its drama and all of its issues, has exerted an incalculable influence on who and what she is. At some point in her life, she’ll have to figure out what all of that means to her; the whole story and the way she looks will be part of its strangeness. For me it was all behind glass. I felt the sudden separation between us, between the relative depths of what this trip would mean to us, many years on. One of those moments of generational wooziness that come with having kids, like realizing there’s a part of their lives you won’t see.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/where-is-cuba-going.html?pagewanted=all

  11. Re: Cuba Liar, #9:

    “Oh how great democracy is. What did Quebecers gain from all these elections?? What a waiste on money and time for the population.”

    …and #22:

    “As if the Revolutionary government give a hoot about people fasting to death. Why didn`t the people who disagree with Fidel`s ways leave the island when he allowed them to??

    Interesting to read in CL’s own words how he is so clearly against democracy and totally supports dictatorships.

  12. I call the old woman to stop suffering more that she suffered for 60 years in hell where she was hungry even before the hunger strike..because no one in hell care about her but every cannibal is busy hunting for food,which is the other human,near or far from his location in the animal=human jungle. Still I like to know who is the king of the human cannibals in this jungle planet…and if has to change from jungle to garden…how will be all zombies turn to human again…as when they were born in the hell by crying that entered it,to experience,live,suffer all in it.If the time for change comes can not be delayed,because the natural proceses in the universe can not be changed by some weak zombies,ugly animals,cannibals on earth…
    I dont think that there is anyone cannibal,zombie offended by my sentences…Is it

  13. I do ask all the cannibals or at least 80-90% of human animals in this planet if they know who lead them to selfdestruction,because every evil empire,evil kingdom,hell…has some ruler same as cuba has now,or the soviet union and north korea had or have.So who lead the zombie planet in this part of the universe was the question for the zombies,but seems noone knows…which means that there is no rulers in this ugly hell…created by human cannibals or animals,6-7 billion of them.How can not be any ruler or leader in a jungle or zoo for so many zombies…? Even the hell must have a ruler…so why the hell of this zombies planet does not have

  14. hell in cuba is created by the government,the cubans who serve to it and the rest of cubans,but not incluede the political prisoners,so maybe 80-90% are guilty of destroying themselves,their country and their people and future generations….same as in exsoviet union,china’s communism and north korea…or present EU and North America which are destroyed the same as cuba from inside,also outside what ever forces that help to the demolition of the world and every country in it,the zoo…

    if someone doesnt like the truth dont read the sentences above but continue destroying the life of all,the life of your family,youselves,your children,your people,your country….and do opposite from the saying love the other human as yourself…but what happen is destroy the other human,eat as a cannibal to feed yourself…and this animal human cannibal lives or walk on earth..only 7 billions

  15. Cuba Libre #22. Are you a supporter of the policies of the Harper Conservative government? You are still living in Canada. So using your logic you must agree with Harper’s policies. Am I right?

  16. Cuba Libre
    Septiembre 19th, 2012 at 20:04
    Starving to death is not a solution for any crisis. Tell me who suffers from a hunger strike, besides the person who is doing the fasting?? As if the Revolutionary government give a hoot about people fasting to death. Why didn`t the people who disagree with Fidel`s ways leave the island when he allowed them to?? Both in 1980 and 1994 Mr. Castro opened the way for Cubans who didn`t approve of his ways to leave the island, some did, many stayed showing their approval of his ways.

    Tsk…tsk. Human stupidity knows no bounds. The point of hunger strikes is to call attention to one’s plight, not to inflict suffering. Just how oppressive must conditions be in Cuba that leads so many to choose this road? Cubans may have stayed for a variety of reasons, none of which denote approval of the dictator’s ways.

    And why should people only be able to leave their own country each and every year, not those that Fidel decides?

  17. THIS IS MORE NEAUSEATING AND CYNICAL THAN GUEVARA’S DAUGHTER WHO CAN TRAVEL ABROAD FROM CUBA WITH NO PROBLEMO WHILE YOANI HAS BEEN REFUSED FOR THE 20th TIME! TALK ABOUT A “CARA DURA” BY THE CASTROFASCIST ELITE AND THEIR THUGS!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! BOY, DO I SOUND LIKE SUCH A SOCIALIST!

    RADIO CADENA AGRAMONTE: Cuban Seafood Marketed to Russia

    Moscow, Sep 19.- Cuba is beefing up its presence at the World Food Moscow 2012 fair, with the presence of nearly a dozen companies, including Caribex, which is determined to dominate the market for Cuban lobster. “We are trying to get into the Russian market, as it is one of the greatest potential for Caribbean Queen (a Cuban lobster brand), Sonia Gomez, marketing and business development director for Caribex, told Prensa Latina after visiting the abovementioned fair.

    The lobster is sold by Cuba in major international markets and access to the Russian market, with its high purchasing power for luxury goods, is now a target and strategy for our company, she said.

    “We must deal with certain barriers and comply with various requirements in this market for the entry of fishery products,” the specialist stated. Gomez is part of a delegation of 20 Cuban entities who have come to this capital to do business.

    Cuba, along with Caribbean states, has a strong market share for its lobster in Spain, France and Italy, and therefore it works with a regional importer on the sale of frozen product, although live or fresh sales may be negotiated directly from the island, she noted.

    The Moscow food fair takes place from September 17 to 22 at the capital’s Exhibition Center, with the participation of nearly 70 countries, including Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (40 percent), Europe (20) and Asia (25). About 50 national exhibitions are also on display at this event. (Prensa Latina).

    http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12382:cuban-seafood-marketed-to-russia&catid=3:world&Itemid=14

  18. Cuba Libre said: “Why didn`t the people who disagree with Fidel`s ways leave the island when he allowed them to??”

    C.L.! CUBA IS FOR ALL CUBANS, IN AND OUT OF THE ISLAND, NOT JUST THE CASTROFASCISTS AND THEIR THUGS DEAR! GET IT THRU YOUR CASTRO AGENT/APOLOGIST’S HEAD!!

  19. THIS MAKES ME VOMIT! LET THEM HEAR FROM YOU FOLKS! THE CONTACT PAGE IN THE ARTICLE!

    OXFORD MAIL: Guevara’s daughter calls for revolution in Cuba

    Aleida Guevara, the eldest daughter of the iconic Argentinian revolutionary, visited Oxford yesterday on the last stop of her Remembering Che tour.

    As well as signing books and taking a whistlestop tour of Oxford, she used the trip to raise awareness of the situation in Cuba, which has been under blockade by the United States for 50 years.

    In an exclusive interview with the Oxford Mail, she said: “The main purpose is to speak about the Cuban reality today, the struggle we wage in Cuba against the American blockade.

    “In the first place the United States has to lift the blockade. That will make life for Cubans much easier. Then it would be necessary to achieve a greater unity among Latin American countries.”

    She spoke about her father, who was executed in Bolivia when she was seven years old, with great admiration, and said she had seen a massive demonstration of respect for him and his beliefs in Britain.

    She said: “I didn’t get to live for a long time with my father, it was only through the love that my mother had for him that I learned who he really was.”

    Fans of Dr Guevara and her family packed the Waterstones store in Broad Street to have copies of her mother’s book Remembering Che and other texts signed.

    And Leighton Gibbins, 41, from Thame, pictured with Dr Guevara, said: “I came because of my interest in Che. He was a hero of mine.”

    http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/9938223.Guevara_s_daughter_calls_for_revolution_in_Cuba/

  20. Starving to death is not a solution for any crisis. Tell me who suffers from a hunger strike, besides the person who is doing the fasting?? As if the Revolutionary government give a hoot about people fasting to death. Why didn`t the people who disagree with Fidel`s ways leave the island when he allowed them to?? Both in 1980 and 1994 Mr. Castro opened the way for Cubans who didn`t approve of his ways to leave the island, some did, many stayed showing their approval of his ways.

  21. It’s hell, I tell you, having to read self-created, nasty, self-protected, grammatically-incorrect, nonsense sentences. Ugly scene, are we in hell?

  22. Yes, Anton, what a dirty, ugly, smelly scourge those people are who think run-on sentences are acceptable. We should really be worried.

  23. ugly scene…created by all cubans,majority of it living in their dark hell selfcreated,selfdesign,selfprotected…which at least we all know who leads it…
    The question is; who lead the world hell…also selfcreated,selfdesign,selfprotected by the majority of the human animals,zombies,vampires on earth…of every country=hell,of every kind and race,in east and west?Anyone knows who lead the planet earth’s hell yet?

  24. the true cuban scene in the cubas hell,a small part of the planet’s hell run by who? anyne knows who run the hell kingdom on earth?…which kind of the jungle animals or beast…ruling in the hell scene on earth…which suppose to be a garden not a jungle,with humans,not with animals.Time for the man, visitor, witness to enter the jungle and meet and live with all kind of animals in the hell scene like in the dr Monroy island …movie

  25. everywhere misery,pain,hunger,weak,ugly,dirty,smelly…this is the 99% of the world scene…but there is noone to lead for a change,to d good for all,for others but only himselves or herselves…and this is every human..so called creatures on earth.
    If you try to work to change for good the human animals will be your enemy,fight you because in their dark ugly evil kingdim in east and west cant be any good,any light.Those who lead the hell kingdom,the super animals are to happy to see that all are animals and there are no more humans around…like were born to be by GOD…

  26. THE WORLD IS WATCHING HOW THE CASTROFASCISTS BEHAVE WITH THE DISSIDENTS IN CUBA, AND SO ARE WE IN SOCIAL MEDIA!

    REUTERS: Cuban dissidents end hunger strike, saying state to free opponent

    Prominent Cuban dissident Marta Beatriz Roque and 29 others ended an eight-day hunger strike and declared victory on Tuesday when they said Cuban authorities would free a jailed opposition member whose release they had demanded.

    The dissidents said state security agents informed the wife of Jorge Vazquez Chaviano he would be released shortly from a prison in Santa Clara, 160 miles east of Havana.

    The Cuban government did not immediately confirm or comment on his release.

    “We view (his release) as a victory for the opposition and legality has been re-established in this case,” Idania Yanes, spokeswoman for the strikers, told Reuters.

    Vazquez Chaviano, previously a little known dissident, has been behind bars for more than a year for “illegal economic activities” and was supposed to be released on September 9, dissidents had said.

    But the government continued to hold him, which touched off the hunger strike on September 10 by the 67-year-old Roque and 12 others. More sympathizers joined in, swelling the number of strikers to 30, Yanes told Reuters.

    Roque, an economist who became a dissident in 1989 and for years was one of the opposition’s most visible leaders, was not immediately available for comment, but Yanes said she was in her Havana home drinking chamomile tea.

    Roque had vowed to drink only water and eat nothing until Vazquez Chaviano was released. She also refused to take any medication for what she said was chronic diabetes and in recent days had grown weak.

    The Cuban government considers dissidents to be “mercenaries” of the United States, its longtime ideological foe.

    When Roque announced the hunger strike, she said she wanted to bring attention to what she viewed as increasing government persecution of dissidents. “What the government is doing is impossible to put up with,” she had told reporters. “Each day the situation is worse.”

    Hunger strikes have been a common tactic by dissidents to get international attention.

    In 2010, the Cuban government drew international condemnation when imprisoned dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo, 42, died after an 85-day hunger strike.

    President Raul Castro said he was a common criminal, not a political prisoner.

    (Additional reporting by Rosa Tania Valdes, Editing by Kevin Gray and Philip Barbara)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/18/us-cuba-dissident-idUSBRE88H1GB20120918

  27. Cuba Libre !! STOP THAT! NO BAD QUEBEC, NO BAD CANADA, NO BAD U.S.A.!! WE ARE GETTING TIRED OF THAT DIVERSIONARY TACTIC! GET A NEW SCRIPT!

  28. Cubans are killing themselves to get a bit of the freedom that Cube Libre enjoys in Canada.

    Just like some rich people don’t appreciate what they got, some free people don’t appreciate how lucky they are.

    We need to teach our young people how lucky they are instead of spoiling them all the time, or else we end up with overgrown psychotic babies who end up trashing everything good in the world and supporting tyrants who kill peaceful dissidents.

    I hope no more Cuban dissidents are going to be killed by the Castros, but I don’t have much hope.

  29. Let’s see, Cuba Libre does not like freedom, democracy, money, and thinks that people should have their as*es wiped from cradle to grave, simply because they exist. How’s that shady Cuban real estate deal coming along? You deserve to live in Cuba.

  30. Hooray for democracy and free elections. A small history of elections in Quebec Canada, which I presume reflects elections in any other democratic and capitalist country.
    In 1970 the Liberal Party won the elections over the separatist Parti Quebecois with 72 seats against 7 at the cost of about 25 million dollars to pay for the elections.
    In 1973 the Liberal Party won again with 102 seats against 6 for the Parti Quebecois at the cost of another 30 million dollars.
    In 1976 the Parti Quebscois beat the Liberal Party with 71 seats against 26 and another 30 million dollars.
    In 1981 another election, the Parti Quebecois won again, and Quebecers paid yet another 30 odd million dollars.
    In 1985 the Liberal Party retook power by winning elections 99 seats against 23 for the Parti Quebecois, another 40 million dollars dished out.
    1989 another election won by the Liberals 92 seats against 29, another 40 million dollars down the drain.
    1994 surprise, the Parti Quebecois win elections, 77 seats against 44 for the Liberals, cost, 45 million.
    1998 the Separatist Parti Quebecois retains power electing 76 MP,s against 48 for the Liberals, guess what, 45 million spent for elections.
    2003 big surprise, the Liberals win elections with 76 seats against 45 for the Parti Quebecois costing almost 50 million dollars to Quebecers.
    2007 another 50 million spent to re-elect the Liberals over the Parti Quebecois only this time they won with a minority government, 48 seats against 36.
    2008 unsatisfied Quebecers kick out the minority Liberal government, but guess what, the Liberals win, but this time they win by majority, 66 seats against 51. Imagine that, it cost Quebecers 60 million dollars to kick out the Liberals, only to ironically re-elect them???? go figure.
    And now, last month in September, at the record cost of 78 million dollars for elections, the Parti Quebecois wins with a minority government 54 seats against 50 for the Liberals. I don`t give them not even 1 year before the government is overthrown and new elections will be called. How much will it cost this time???
    Oh how great democracy is. What did Quebecers gain from all these elections?? What a waiste on money and time for the population.

  31. “Survive indeed I agree, because starving to death will not lead to anything. There are other ways to show our disagreement with something. But stop the BS about disagreement being a crime, if it were, you would be long behind bars Miss Sanchez.”

    Cuba Libre, you are such a hypocrite. Very recently, you posted that that you wished the hunger striker Coco Farinas would just “die already.”

  32. INTERESTING THAT THE CASTROFASCISTS KEEP ON INSISTING THAT “THE MUMMY” IS ALIVE AND KICKING! BUT THE REALITY IS THAT FIDEL HAS NOT ADDRESSED THE CUBAN PEOPLE LIVE (not videos) FOR MANY YEARS NOW! HOW COULD SUCH AN EGOMANIAC, ARROGANT PSYCHOPATH NOT LOVE TO PROVE ALL THE “GUSANOS” WRONG AND APPEAR LIVE ON TELEVISION FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE! SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN HAVANA, AND I THINK IS THE ROTTING FLESH IN THE CASTRO SARCOPHAGUS!

    FOX NEWS LATINO: Fidel Castro is “lucid and working hard,” son says

    EFE NEWS SERVICE: The eldest son of former Cuban President Fidel Castro told Efe on Monday that his father is “lucid and working hard,” despite having made no public appearance for several months.

    “You’ve seen his message from the other day to (Venezuelan) President (Hugo) Chavez – as always, he’s lucid and working hard,” Fidel Castro Diaz Balart said.

    He was referring to a message his father sent Chavez and which the Venezuelan leader read over the phone on Sept. 10 during a press conference of his party.

    In the message, Fidel Castro said that people who support the Venezuelan president deserve “to enjoy” his victory in the Oct. 7 election and hailed Chavez’s “iron will.”

    Fidel Castro, 86, was taken ill in 2006 and delegated power to younger brother Raul Castro, who formally assumed the presidency in 2008.

    The elder Castro has retired from public life and since June has not published his famous “Reflections,” press articles that he began writing during his convalescence.

    In August, a pro-government blog denied stories circulating on the Internet about the state of his health and said that Castro is working on a book with Chavez.

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/09/18/fidel-castro-is-lucid-and-working-hard-son-says/

  33. Cuba Libre!! THE CASTROFASCISTS CANNOT HANDLE THE SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTERNET!THEY DONT GET IT AND ONLY REACT WHEN THEY ARE PUSHED! THAT IS THE REASON THEY KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF YOANI! OTHERS NOT SO FAMOUS DO NOT HAVE THAT LUXURY!

  34. YOANI SANCHEZ TWITTER: ‏@yoanisanchez

    + They have freed Jorge Vazquez Chaviano!! – 30 minutes ago

    + With the release of Jorge Vazquez Chaviano dissidents in hunger strike can depose their fast and confirmed the victory by citizens – 30 minutes ago

    + Correction: With the immediate release of Jorge Vazquez Chaviano dissidents who are fasting can end their hunger strike and confirm a citizen victory – 18 minutes ago

    + Even though Jorge Vazquez Chaviano is still not at home, his family has been informed that he will be released in next few hours – 16 minutes ago

    + This is a story in progress, so I will update every minute. Now I’m going Martha Roque’s house – 12 minutes ago

    + Have had to give in! The empty stomachs have achieved what the law itself can not quite give us :-)

    +Liberaron a Jorge Vazquez Chaviano!!!! – 30 minutes ago

    + Con la liberacion de Jorge Vazquez Chaviano las personas en #HuelgadeHambre deponen su ayuno y se confirma la victoria ciudadana – 30 minutes ago

    +Rectifico: Con inmediata liberacion d Jorge Vazquez Chaviano personas #HuelgadeHambre termina ayuno y se confirma victoria ciudadana – 18 minutes ago

    +Aunque Jorge Vazquez Chaviano aun no esta en su casa, su familia ha sido informada de que sera liberado en proximas horas – 16 minutes ago

    +Esta es una noticia en proceso, asi que ire actualizando minuto a minuto. Ahora voy para casa de @MarthabRoque – 12 minutes ago

    +Han tenido que ceder!!! Los intestinos vacios han logrado lo que la propia legalidad no alcanzo a darnos :-)

    twitter.com/yoanisanchez

  35. Survive indeed I agree, because starving to death will not lead to anything. There are other ways to show our disagreement with something. But stop the BS about disagreement being a crime, if it were, you would be long behind bars Miss Sanchez.

  36. THE CASTROFASCIST HAVE BEEN LYING TO THE WORLD AND THE CUBAN PEOPLE FOR OVER 53 YEARS!

    FOX NEWS D.C. VIDEO: US says Cuba is lying about negotiating release of Alan Gross – Sep 18, 2012

    The State Department says the Cuban government is lying about negotiating the release of a Maryland man. Cuba says it is waiting to hear from the U.S. about exchanging Alan Gross for five Cuban men held in an American federal prison on espionage charges.The State Department issued a statement saying in part, “We have repeatedly made clear to the Cuban government that we reject the notion of exchanging members of the so-called ‘Cuban Five’ for an American citizen who the Cuban government has imprisoned simply for trying to bring internet access to the Cuban people. But we have always been ready to hear from Cuba about a humanitarian gesture to release Mr. Gross.”

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19570594/us-says-cuba-is-lying-about-negotiating-release-of-alan-gross

  37. Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello (born May 16, 1945) is a Cuban political dissident. She is an economist by training, and the founder as well as director of the Cuban Institute of Independent Economists. Agence France-Presse described her in 2007 as Cuba’s “leading woman dissident”.In 1997, Roque, Vladimiro Roca, Felix Bonne and Rene Gomez Manzano published a paper titled “The Homeland Belongs to All,” which discussed Cuba’s human rights situation and called for political and economic reforms.[2] They also called for a boycott of elections in Cuba’s one-party system and for investors to avoid Cuba,[3] giving several news conferences to discuss their concerns.[4]She was arrested the same month along with 74 other dissidents in what some have called the “Black Spring” crackdown. On April 3, 2003, Roque was brought to trial and convicted in a one-day trial. PEN International reported that she and the other defendants were given insufficient time to prepare a case.[12] Roque was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state”. Amnesty International adopted her as a prisoner of conscience,[13] and Roque’s sister Isabel was invited to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C. to discuss the case.[14]

    Filmmakers Carlos González and Pablo Rodríguez made this important 2003 Czech documentary with interviews with dissidents prior to the March 18 crackdown knows as The Black Spring and with their relatives after their arrests and summary trials. Takes a look at the Varela Project as well.

    YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY: “La Primavera Negra de Cuba” The Cuban Black Spring- part #1 (English sub-titles)

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