Punishment

After the storm, may also come the storm, the hurricane, the tornado. A few days ago we thought the punishment would be concentrated between Monday and Wednesday of last week, that it would last only as long as Benedict XVI was on Cuban soil. We lived those intense days between prayers and screams, with full plazas and packed dungeons. Our mobile phones, instead of bringing us communications, were turned into little boxes of silence, useless gadgets. Only when the Pope’s plane took off, did they begin the releases from the cells and reconnect some of the mobile phones that had been “out of service.” It seemed that by Saturday or Sunday the exhaustion of the forces of repression would give us a break.

However, every authoritarian father knows that after the punishment, the child chooses total submission or greater disobedience. In some parts of Eastern Cuba there have been street protests against the arrests of activists and this has triggered a subsequent wave of the police deciding to “teach them a lesson.” Yesterday a group of officials and agents from State Security raided the home of the opponent Jose Daniel Ferrer and took him, his wife and other colleagues. The also took possession of any object they considered destabilizing: books, magazine, photos, computers. None of the witnesses recall having been shown a search-and-seizure warrant, much less any document with the reasons for the arrests.

The despotic patriarch knows when he should clench his fist, when kneeling on rice, whips across the back, and shutting in the dark are no longer working. He is confident that the increasing severity of the corrective will make the nonconforming offspring see reason, but in reality it just makes his rebellion grow. Even those who have never dared to oppose the government, feel that these punishments — ever more frequent — generate sympathy for the attacked, not the attacker. Witnessing the repression thus accelerates the process of complicity among citizens against totalitarianism. Every beating they give to one, can awaken another who is pretending to sleep peacefully at his side. Together, they have the chance to find a window to escape the confinement or, instead, to come closer to the moment when they will throw Dad out of the house.

180 thoughts on “Punishment

  1. The takeover is complete/

    No longer are the lies of the team “yoani” andhepioneer support brigade the subject. What Damir writes is the subject of discussion.

    Damir has won.

    Live with it.

  2. When we compare what the team “yoani” pretend to complain about (the “punishment” for their illegal terrorist activities). with what the “paradise on earth”, the land of “free”, the nazist gulag usa does to their own children, we MUST ASK, what is wrong with the team “yoani”.

    I wrote about the business of incarcerating children in the usa nazist gulag, because it is a profitable business, already last year and at length but it fits under this “punishment” title above:

    The treatment of children that not only goes largely unpunished, that hypocritical “international comunity” concept turns the blind eye on what the children in the usa suffer in the hands of “democracy”!!!

    Rape, murder, suicide and “intenational community” does NOTHING. IF that happened in Cuba, the “international community” would have alredy been mobilised, the news would have been run 24/7 and a rapid reaction squads of nazist imperialist NATO would have already been deployed to depose “hated dictator” Castro.

    Read for yourselves how usa treats children like adults and throws them in the harshest prisons where they get raped repeatedly EVERY DAY, until they committ suicide.

    And these nazist child rapists then come here and “complain” about the lack of “human rights” in CUBA!!!

    Disgusting hypocrites.

  3. Damir has taken over this site.

    No longer are the lies of the team “yoani” andhepioneer support brigade the subject. What Damir writes is the subject ofr discussion.

    Damir has won.

    And I haven’t even warmed up yet.

  4. Hotel Saratoga and Hotel Inglaterra are both on Facebook that I can think of right now. Will get more.

  5. latina! I DID STAY I HOTELS WHEN I VISITED MY 4 TIMES TO CUBA SO NOT INFORMED. ALL “COPY & PASTE” CANDIDATE HOTELS WELCOMED! JE JE JE!

  6. And THAT is why I rule.

    They will NEVER learn…

    I should probably explain my position for the benefit of new readers, but I have already done it several times in the past 3 years, so those who wish to know my opinion should seek my posts from that time.

    To intelligent people it will all make much more sense once they read them.

  7. Post 147, in short: no.

    And that should not surprise you. Now, I know that you are on their ideological side, but stop for a moment and give it a thought. There are many lessons to be learned from their lack of understanding, which then leads to inability to learn.

  8. LIST SO FAR! IM SURE THEY WILL BE DELETED BUT GAVE IT A TRY! JE JE JE! BELOW IS THE VIDEO I POSTED AS I POSTED IT! JE JE JE!

    Sol Cayo Guillermo – Cuba (done)
    Hotel Gaviota Cayo Santa Maria (could not find it)
    Sol Pelícano – Cuba (done)
    Sol Palmeras – Cuba (done)
    Meliá Las Américas – Cuba (done)
    Península Varadero
    Tryp Península Varadero (done)
    Sol Cayo Largo – Cuba (done)

    YOUTUBE CUBA: Arrest in Placetas of Afro-Cuban citizen Arturo Conde Zamora on April 1, 2012 – Arturo Conde Zamora, a citizen who joined the National Resistance Front Civic Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is arrested in the city of Placetas in an operation led by the Castro henchman Idel González Morffi known as “Clavo de Línea”, his face is focused on the end of the video.- Arresto en Placetas, Cuba del ciudadano Arturo Conde Zamora – Arturo Conde Zamora, ciudadano que se incorporó al Frente Nacional de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo, es arrestado en la Ciudad de Placetas bajo una operacion encabezada por el esbirro Idel González Morffi alias “Clavo de Línea”, cuyo rostro aparece enfocado al final del video.

  9. From My experience tourists get offended if told not to go to Cuba because of communism, embargo so and so. It’s like they know it and feel a bit guilty and tell you off.

    Humberto I would suggest to take the Amnesty International approach. put the link there and focus on human rights issues. if you start cursing communist they will remove it right away.

  10. Anónimo,

    Excellent idea all round. If tourists want to go, that is their choice, but they will have their eyes opened. That’s what happened to me. I stayed at a lovely resort, but then I went off and saw things with my own eyes. Ordinary Cubans approached me, and with a careful glance over their shoulder, told me about the reality of life in Cuba.

  11. Anonimo!GRACIAS HERMANO! I WILL CHECK “LIKE” IN THESE PAGES SO I CAN POST VIDEOS ETC! IM SURE SEVERAL PEOPLE READING THIS POST WILL “NOT LIKE” WHAT WERE UP TO! JE JE JE!

  12. Sol Pelícano – Cuba

    Sol Palmeras – Cuba

    Meliá Las Américas – Cuba

    Tryp Península Varadero

    Sol Cayo Largo – Cuba

  13. Anonimo! I WOULD NEVER PREACH THAT ANYONE SHOULD NOT VISIT CUBA! THANKS FOR THE TIP, WILL START TODAY! I HOPE THEY WILL NOT DELETE IT, BUT WORTH THE TRY!

    GREAT INTERVIEW OF OUR FLACA! IF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND SPANISH IS STILL GREAT TO SEE THE PASSION & DEFIANCE IN HER EYES! AND FEEL FREE TO PASS IT ON TO YOUR FACEBOOK, TWITTER & LISTS!

    Yoani Sanchez speaks to VOICE OF AMERICA (VOA): Yoani Sanchez, the author of a blog titled Generation Y, which is translated into 16 languages, spoke with Jerome Socolovsky, journalist for Voice of America. Yoani Sánchez habló con VOZ DE AMERICA (VOA): Yoani Sánchez, autora de un blog llamado Generación Y, el cual es traducido en 16 idiomas, habló con Jerome Socolovsky, periodista de la Voz de América – 05.04.2012 (Spanish only)-

    http://www.voanoticias.com/media/video/177156.html

  14. Sol Cayo Guillermo – Cuba

    Hotel Gaviota Cayo Santa Maria

    try to search it throgh facebook. I’ll find you more in the next few days. One advice, don’t attack the tourists by saying that they should not go to Cuba. Try to explain that there are things happening in Cuba that are hidden from tourists ( ex . Red Cross man beating video, arrest of dissidents videos) These videos are immpressive man.)

  15. Anónimo! WHAT A GREAT IDEA! I USE FACEBOOK PAGES OFTEN TO PROMOTE MY CUBAN ART/MUSIC PROJECTS! ANY LEADS ON NAMES OF HOTELS ETC THAT I CAN LOOK UP WOULD BE A GREAT HELP! COPY & PASTE THE REALITY OF CUBA & THE EVERYDAY CUBAN! JE JE JE! THE CASTRO AGENTS HERE ARE GOING TO LOVE THAT! JE JE JE!

  16. Humberto, keep ’em coming. Let the world know that there is a TYRANT ruling in Cuba. I also have an idea Humberto. Let me know if you have a wide network of friends who could do this. I’ve notice that some resorts from Cuba use facebook to keep their clients informed about what’s happening at the resort. Usually this is done by the non-cuban manager of the resort. What you and your friends could do is start posting the same links you post here on their facebook page. Let me know Humberto

  17. YOUTUBE CUBA: Arrest in Placetas of Afro-Cuban citizen Arturo Conde Zamora on April 1, 2012 – Arturo Conde Zamora, a citizen who joined the National Resistance Front Civic Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is arrested in the city of Placetas in an operation led by the Castro henchman Idel González Morffi known as “Clavo de Línea”, his face is focused on the end of the video.- Arresto en Placetas, Cuba del ciudadano Arturo Conde Zamora – Arturo Conde Zamora, ciudadano que se incorporó al Frente Nacional de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo, es arrestado en la Ciudad de Placetas bajo una operacion encabezada por el esbirro Idel González Morffi alias “Clavo de Línea”, cuyo rostro aparece enfocado al final del video.

  18. ***
    Today’s Drudge Report says that Cuban dissidents have been arrested and jailed. After the the Pope’s visit to Cuba.
    ***
    El Reporte Drudge dice hoy que Cubanos contra del gobierno de Casto fueron arrestados y encarcelados hoy. Despues del visite del Papa a Cuba.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  19. Humberto,

    Yes, the gangster Castro regime still takes their cut from these “private” enterprises. The operator of a Casa Particular has to pay the CUC 50 per month for the official sign plus a license fee of from CUC 100 to CUC 250 per month, depending on the location. On top of that they have to pay 25% income tax. The operators are also subjected to regular and obtrusive inspections from the state regulators. The operator takes all the risk, pays all the costs, does all the work. The regime takes most of the money. This is hardly “free enterprise”.

  20. MY FAVORITE QUOTE OF THIS ARTICLE! “Such cooperatives, where the government retains ownership but not management of the facilities, are already in place in businesses such as barber shops and beauty salons and are being trialled in state-owned restaurants in some areas.” CAN YOU SAY, SLAVES, MAFIA?? JE JE JE! AND OF COURSE BEAUTY SALONS & PIZZA SELLING PORCHES WILL SAVE THE CUBA ECONOMY! JE JE JE

    CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Cuba to reform two ministries, expand employee co-ops – By Nelson Acosta

    HAVANA, April 5 (Reuters) – The Cuban government plans to shake up two underperforming ministries and broaden a project to turn state businesses over to employee cooperatives, state television reported.

    The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Informatics and Communications needed reorganizing, it said on Wednesday night.

    The changes, said to have been discussed at the Council of Ministers on Saturday, are part of wide-ranging reforms initiated by President Raul Castro.

    He is encouraging the growth of Cuba’s private sector and reducing the size and role of government in the Caribbean island’s cash-strapped Soviet-style system.

    Cuban television said Marino Murillo, the architect of the reforms, described the Ministry of Agriculture as having been in an “unfavorable economic-financial state for several years” and that actions it had taken to date “had been insufficient to turn it around.”

    President Castro has implemented reforms in agriculture, including the leasing of land to private farmers, to try to boost food output, but progress has been slow and Cuba is still heavily dependent on budget-draining food imports.

    FIRST STEP

    The council, which functions as the government cabinet under the ruling Council of State, also held early stage discussions on giving greater autonomy for companies linked to the Ministry of Informatics and Communications – another Castro reform.

    President Castro, who heads both the Council of State and Council of Ministers, previously eliminated the once-powerful Sugar Ministry and created the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Mining.

    He also has replaced numerous ministers appointed by older brother Fidel Castro before he stepped down due to age and illness in February 2008 after ruling Cuba for 49 years.

    Cuban television reported that Murillo said “an experiment” to create more employee cooperatives to run state businesses as if they were their own had been approved.

    Such cooperatives, where the government retains ownership but not management of the facilities, are already in place in businesses such as barber shops and beauty salons and are being trialled in state-owned restaurants in some areas.

    The government hopes the cooperatives will improve the service quality and trim its bloated payrolls.

    One of Castro’s reforms is to cut a million state jobs – or about 20 percent of Cuba’s workforce – by 2015, and he has encouraged more self-employment to absorb laid-off workers.

    “The work we have ahead is gigantic,” Castro was quoted as saying.

    (Writing by Jeff Franks; Editing by John Stonestreet)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-cuba-reformgovernmentl6e8f514a-20120405,0,6611053.story

  21. The Cuban government has to face the hatred they have sown. They have only one option to control it: more repression.

    Raul should learn from Pinochet and hold a referendum on his military dictatorship. Then he should step down and seek asylum in Iran, bringing his “feminist” daughter with him. I’m sure she’ll love it there.

  22. Actually, can you imagine the uproar if any student who didn’t vote for Pinochet was barred from a Chilean university? That’s a more accurate parallel to what went on in Cuba for much of Fidel’s reign of terror.

    Any person with a doubtful political record could be barred from Cuba’s schools, including assorted leftists who didn’t follow the Castro line. Pretty sick stuff, and coddled “student leaders” from democratic countries travel to this dictatorship to pay homage to this tyrant.

  23. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION CUBA: CRACKDOWN ON CUBAN DISSIDENTS- Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

    The authorities have arrested 43 government critics in the province of Santiago de Cuba. This is a clear attempt to crush the emerging peaceful dissident movement in eastern.
    Cuban security forces detained 43 government critics in three locations in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, in the afternoon of 2 April. Most of the 43 are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Union Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU). Their homes were searched and office equipment, including computers, was apparently confiscated. Among them are UNPACU coordinator José Daniel Ferrer García, a former prisoner of conscience, and his wife Belkis Cantillo Ramírez, who is a member of the protest group Ladies in White. About 100 officials from the Department of State Security and police officers arrived at their house in Palmarito de Cauto at 2pm. According to local sources, the officers reportedly broke in and arrested Jose Daniel, Belkis and four others. The same thing was seen at the house of UNPACU member Raumel Vinajera Estive in Palma de Soriano, where he and about 15 others were arrested. Others were arrested in El Caney, close to the city of Santiago de Cuba. Ten of those arrested are women, all members of the Ladies in White. Since shortly before the Pope’s arrival in Cuba on 28 March, the telephone connections of government critics have apparently been blocked by the authorities, making it difficult to identify where the detainees are being held. Some of them are known to be held at the “Micro 9” police station in the city of Santiago de Cuba, but the whereabouts of the majority are still unknown. Amnesty International believes that those detained may be prisoners of conscience. These detentions are a clear attempt by the authorities to crush the emerging peaceful dissident movement in Santiago de Cuba and neighbouring eastern provinces.

    Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
    1. Calling on the authorities to reveal immediately the whereabouts of all those detained during security force operations on 2 April in Santiago de Cuba Province;
    2. Urging the authorities to release them immediately if they are still detained, unless there is sufficient evidence to charge them with an internationally-recognizable criminal offence;
    3. Calling on them to cease blocking the telephone lines of government critics;
    4. Urging them to cease immediately the harassment and intimidation of citizens who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association.

    CLICK LINK FOR ADDRESSES, E-MAILS, PHONES & BACKGROUND INFORMATION!

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/012/2012/en/5c96a3fa-48bd-4c5a-97b9-98aa52074ecf/amr250122012en.pdf

  24. Re: #149,

    Is it possible to add a verification method for posting? Wide open posting tends to invite trouble.

    Furthermore, I would consider posts #25 & #31 to be beyond the pale. Does the management agree?

  25. Yes Griffin, night and day. Right now a Chilean student leader is in Cuba going gaga over Fidel, the same Fidel Castro who only allowed his followers access to university.

    Can you imagine the uproar if communists were barred from Chilean universities?

    It is easy to play a rebel in a democratic country. Hard to be a dissident in Cuba.

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