My Last Bit of Faith

Note to English-speaking readers:  The transcript for these videos in Spanish and English can be downloaded below.

We will reduce them to obedience to the law.
Julio, lawyer

More than 60 days ago I sent several Cuban institutions a complaint for illegal detention, police violence and arbitrary imprisonment. After the death of Orland Zapata Tamayo, successive illegal arrests prevented more than one hundred people from participating in the activities surrounding his funeral. I was among the many who ended up in a jail cell on February 24, when we went to sign the condolence book opened in his name. The level of violence used against me, and the violation of the procedures for detaining an individual at a Police Station, led me to file a claim with little hope that it would be heard in court. I have waited all this time for the response of both the Military Prosecutor and the Attorney General, holding back this revealing testimony, painful evidence of how our rights are violated.

Fortunately, my cell phone recorded the audio of what happened that gray Wednesday, and even after being confiscated it recorded the conversations of the state security agents and the police – who wore no badges – who had locked us up by force at the Infanta y Manglar station. The evidence contains the names of some of those responsible, reveals the background of the police operation against dissidents, independent journalists and bloggers. I have sent copies of this dossier of a “kidnapping” to international organizations concerned with Human Rights, protection of reporters, and all those related to abuse. Several attorneys from the Law Association of Cuba have advised me in this endeavor.

Although there is little chance that someone will be brought to account, at least those responsible will know that their atrocities no longer remain hidden in the silence of their victim. Technology has allowed all of this to come to light.

* Some elements that complete this dossier of a “kidnapping”:
– The female voice on the tape with me is that of my sister, Yunia Sánchez.
Transcript of the recording, in Spanish and English.
Acknowledgments of receipt from the Military Prosecutor, Attorney General, National Assembly of People’s Power, Police Station where the incident occurred, the Council of State and the National Headquarters of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR).

60 thoughts on “My Last Bit of Faith

  1. Perhaps today’s capitalism is yeterdays colonialism, the day before yesterday’s feudalism … and backwards to the beginings of time.
    The basic human condition “seems” never to change nevertheless the increased self awareness of man does allows for change & improvement while indicating & reinforcing the necessity never to let down the guard against abuses or threats to the freedoms of self determination, the dignity & individuality that makes the human race.
    Imposition of ideologies, religions or any other moral or political philosophies is as we have found out thru our ever evolving history the real threat to our existence.
    Intolerance & totalitarism … the mere things which thru time & history tie together all dictators.

  2. 54Damir

    Mayo 18th, 2010 at 07:49

    Capitalism, capitalism, blah, blah, blah…….
    “Years” ago I am asking to all capitalism bull s….. talker to come out with a country in the world that uses, used or will use another economical system than capitalism…… no marxism freak has could come out with this hipotetical country….. simply because do not exist….. do not exist a country that used, uses and will use other economical system than capitalism because ….. DO NOT EXIST OTHER ECONOMICAL SYSTEM!!!!!…… what exists is…..
    It is very funny to read ignorant people like “losada brigade” to talk about Capitalism, Communism and Globalization showing the deep ignorance they suffers about those issues.
    Socialism, Conservationism, Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Communism, Maoism, Laborism, Social Democracy, Christian Democracy, Fascism, Falangism, Anarchism, are political doctrines more or less grounded in different philosophical streams. By other side Capitalism is the name given, to the only (THE ONLY) existing economical system in this imperfect world, by the writer William Makepeace Thackeray and later used by Carl Marx to design this economical system nowadays known as market economy.
    In other words, there is only an economical system: Market Economy or Capitalism. There is no more economical system in this world despite the effort of some philosophers and politician in order of making you and me believe they found a new economical system that will make us all happy for ever. If you try to find another economical system you will find nothing but political doctrines.
    All those above named political doctrines has to use capitalism as its economical system because no of them has an own economical system to sustain them. Some of the politician and philosopher that have tried to make us believe their found a new economical system has used a lot of tricks to disguise capitalism and present it to us as a new thing. They has tried to abort capitalism, change it, destroy it or redesign it but at the end they have to get back and resuscitate the capitalism because if not the grotesque being they created would die economically and of course would die as doctrine, as political system. That’s why we see the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam and Cuba get married with the international capital and foment a wild capitalism in their countries in order of surviving.
    Capitalism has to be tamed. You can’t let it drive itself freely because you will create a monster like the primitive capitalism of XIX century Europe or you will create a inefficient been like Haiti or most of Africa or Latin America countries . However, you get to grab a political doctrine in order to tame capitalism….. which one is better?….. it is something that have to be found yet. The history teaches that Communism, Fascism, Anarchism, Falangism, Maoism and most extreme political doctrines are not a good option………. I prefer the European socialism, German or English style. People like “losada brigade” prefers the new fascism created by Castro. I believe I made a better decision.

  3. Damir

    Setting aside all your pseudo-intellectual bullshit, only blockheaded ideologues like you would still be expousing the superiority of marxism over capitalism. Have you had your head in the sand for the last half century you moron? Communism/Marxism has been an abject failure, economically, socially and politically. Communism/Marxism has been the greatest pox on the human race. The history of the 20th century is littered with the hundreds of millions of dead as a consequence of bolshevik/marxist ideology. Your buddies Lenin,Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Kims, Castro et al, have managed in name of marx and engels to surpass the barbarity of even the nazis. Your phonie superior attitude doesn’t change the facts you pathetic mongrel.

  4. Damir,
    Brilliant exposé!
    However, I do take issue with 2 things mentioned:
    – no jobs – they are probably handsomely paid with our tax dollars.
    – idealists – they’d like for others to think of them as well-intentioned idealists who desire the best for their beloved Cuba. But everything they have ever done speaks to the contrary; the overthrow of Cuba’s constitution, the acts of repudiation against career military opposed to Batista’s illegal take over, sadistic tortures of the civilian opposition of that era, the Bay of Pig invasion with the assistance of a foreign power, the dirty work for U.S. Administrations here and abroad, 50 years of terrorism against the people of Cuba, sheer disregard for the US Constitution in Miami, support for a US Blockade against the people of Cuba, rampant corruption in Miami, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking…

  5. Post 50, Barbara, well spotted. The weight of real arguments, as opposed to empty and endless repetition of usual mantras, in the absence of any substance for an intelligent debate, tends to hurt and enrage the losers of the argument. In impotence of the defeat, the only option left is to swear, insult, call the opponent names, and display futile aggression.

    Such behaviour only confirms the loss of the battle, but it provides the loser with a fake sense of vindication. Their cortex secretes the endorphines and morphines to neutralise the effects of adrenaline and they feel good.

    The drugs, produced by their own bodies, are the only thing that can make them feel good and they get hooked on them.

    These little re B olutionary enthusiasts with too much spare time on their hands (no job, obviously) have no power to upset anyone. Entertain a little with their naivety, yes, but even in that they suck quite bad.

    They lack originality and new material. Probably a bunch of 70 year old idealists at the end of their lives regretting just about everything.

  6. Look who is giving lessons in “politeness”:

    41Humberto Capiro (El Avalanchito)

    Mayo 16th, 2010 at 17:57
    Damierda! How was your saturday……….

    Dear Humbert, I know it is very pleasant to say comemierda to a comemierda but…. This is exactly what this comemierda wants……. and he want it because it is part of the actual strategy

    siggie, the fraud….And then the fraud goes on to claim what every student of economy in the west knows to be just another capitalist illusion: that Adam Smith was “right” somehow.

    He was so “right” in his ineptitude, you ignorants, that the capitalists in panic develped a number of “schools” of “capitalist thought” to push Smith’s clear ignorance and ineptitude away and come up with another response to “communist danger”. So Keynesian “theories sprang up, Austrian school, and many others. All those theories were a replacement for failed theorise capitalism embraced from Smith without understanding them properly and realising that even fro orthodox capitalism such as the usanian, these theories were far too destructive.

    But try and explain that to a cubancito immigrant who thinks he knows best about the things he knows nothing and you will find yourself banging your head against the concrete wall.

    Fortunately, Cuba is a small country and the number of ignorants (people who think communism is an “ideology”, wretched characters those) is comparatively small. Too small to make any noise.

    In fact their noise is deafened by the sounds of capitalism crumbling and disintegrating itself in such a hurry, the world has no time for a handful of disgruntled ex-Cubans and their petty cries over Cuba’s internal problems.

    Hell, when the archibishop of England states that “it seems Marxc was right all along” (search it, it’s on the net), and wrong-wing Mayour of London Boris (look the name…) Johnson agrees with him, do you really think that a bunch of ignorants and loud mouths who demand respect but give none (primitive humanoids tend to do that) would be listened to?

    What worries me more is that that mental hospital where all this “re B olutionary” comradery comes from is becoming smaller by the day.

    MAdness is a social by-product of capitalism, as Jung had observed. (Jung, the real Freud’s best student, adn then rival – this is for siggie the fraud as I suspect he has no idea who C. G Jung is…)

  7. Young Cubans sense that Yoani is winning, that changes are coming to Cuba. It won’t take too long for the changes to take effect. The transition is already taking place. The time has arrived to talk about serious things, to be prepared for the changes.

  8. REUTERS: Cuba letting drivers rent buses, make money- The Cuban government has begun renting its smaller city buses in Havana to the bus drivers in another minor move under President Raul Castro to ease the state’s hand in Cuba’s socialist economy.
    The program, launched several months ago and still not announced by the government, appears to be part of Castro’s drive to improve the communist island’s troubled economy by giving more incentive for Cubans to work harder.

    “They rented us the guaguas (buses). The (state) guarantees gasoline, we pay daily taxes and what is left is for us,” said a driver this week while passengers filled the 16 seats of his Chinese-made Yutong bus in a Havana plaza.

    Improving public transportation is one of the major challenges facing Raul Castro, who replaced ailing older brother Fidel Castro as president two years ago.

    Few people in Cuba own cars and the public transit systems they depend on are notoriously insufficient.

    The smaller buses are used in Havana to connect the city center with the suburbs.

    The government has fixed ticket prices at five Cuban pesos, equal to 22 cents U.S. And it provides fuel and the bus in exchange for a daily payment from the drivers of 824 pesos, or the equivalent of $37 U.S.

    The drivers keep anything they make above that amount, and so far they say they are earning more than the average Cuban salary of about $20 a month.

    “You have to work hard to make money, but it gives results,” said another driver.

    The new system appears to be benefiting passengers, who say buses are coming much more frequently and on a timely basis than in the past.


    Drivers say they hope and believe the program will be extended to more routes and other cities.

    “This is only the beginning. The state is going to loosen things little by little. They can’t do everything, and they are seeing if this system gives results,” said one driver as he made a turn in his small beige bus.

    Similar steps have been taken recently with taxis, some of which are now being rented to drivers, and with small barber shops and beauty salons.

    In both cases, the employees pay rent and a portion of their earnings to the state, and pocket the rest.

    Cuba abolished private property after Fidel Castro took power in the 1959 Cuban revolution, and it is one of the last countries with a Soviet Union-style economy almost entirely in state hands.

    In the past, Cuban authorities have rejected the notion of following in the footsteps of countries like China or Vietnam, where the Communist Party retained political control but liberalized the economy.

    But in recent months, Cuba’s heavily controlled state-run press has published opinions from readers who favor putting more of the economy in private hands, in what some view as the start of a government campaign clearing the way for change.

    “They are preparing the people,” said a manager at a state-owned business. “The people need to digest little by little these measures.”

    But others complain that the government needs to move more quickly, which many expected when Raul Castro took office.

    The 78-year-old general began his administration with a flurry of small, but symbolic changes such as allowing the purchase of cell phones and computers and permitting Cubans to go to hotels and restaurants previously open only to foreigners.

    Since then, change has come much more slowly, which Castro has blamed on his not wanting to make mistakes that could endanger Cuban socialism when his generation is gone.

    (Editing by Jeff Franks and Doina Chiacu)

  9. Barbara! Damierda is my pet name for Damir! I like him very much! Just questioning his academic background that is all!

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