Fidel Castro Eats His Own Words

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Guillermo "Coco" Fariñas

Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez AKA “Coco”, is a former Cuban revolutionary and current dissident against the Cuban goverment of Fidel and Raul Castro.

After the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a political prisoner in Cuba, after 82 days of a hunger strike to protest prison conditions,  Coco has decided to go on his own hunger strike. His goal: the release of 26 political prisoners known to be in poor health. Instead of recounting the events over the last few days that have been widely covered here, I will translate a statement made by Fidel Castro in 1981.

“THE STUBBORNNESS, THE INTRANSIGENCE, THE CRUELTY, THE INSENSIBILITY IN FRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE IRISH PATRIOTS WHO ARE ON HUNGER STRIKES TILL DEATH, REMEMBER TORQUEMADA AND THE BARBARITY OF THE INQUISITION IN THE MEDIEVAL AGES. TYRANNIES TREMBLE WHEN CONFRONTED WITH MEN CAPABLE OF DYING FOR THEIR IDEAS, AFTER 60 DAYS OF A HUNGER STRIKE! ALONG WITH THIS EXAMPLE. WHAT WERE THE THREE DAYS OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS, A SYMBOL DURING THE CENTURIES OF HUMAN SACRIFICE? IT IS TIME TO PUT AN END, BY CONDEMNATION AND PRESSURE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY, TO THIS REPUGNANT ATROCITY!

-FIDEL CASTRO AUGUST 18TH, 1981”

Today, Castro is the tyrant. Today, Castro should cede to International pressure to release those whose only crime is to desire democracy and freedom. His own words mandate it.

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7 Responses to “Fidel Castro Eats His Own Words”

  1. Paul Echaniz Says:

    Bryan,
    You’ve hit it on the nail. I remember Bobby Sands in 1981, and now wonder why what has happened recently in Cuba with Zapata’s death, and others soon to follow, does not get the media attention and mass disgust that occurred 30 years ago. Has human life lost its value in the last 30 years? Cheapened by the impunity of the Castros of this world? Does the life of a black bricklayer is worth any less than that of an Irish patriot? Is the gobal community practicing a double standard when it condemned Britain but looks the other way when it comes to Cuba?
    I still want to believe that the answer is a big resounding NO to all the above, but justice must prevail! It’s about time the civilized world wakes up and puts an end to this attrocity.

  2. Paul Echaniz Says:

    Your quote memorialized in bronce. http://baracuteycubano.blogspot.com/

    “THE STUBBORNNESS, THE INTRANSIGENCE, THE CRUELTY, THE INSENSIBILITY IN FRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE IRISH PATRIOTS WHO ARE ON HUNGER STRIKES TILL DEATH, REMEMBER TORQUEMADA AND THE BARBARITY OF THE INQUISITION IN THE MEDIEVAL AGES. TYRANNIES TREMBLE WHEN CONFRONTED WITH MEN CAPABLE OF DYING FOR THEIR IDEAS, AFTER 60 DAYS OF A HUNGER STRIKE! ALONG WITH THIS EXAMPLE. WHAT WERE THE THREE DAYS OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS, A SYMBOL DURING THE CENTURIES OF HUMAN SACRIFICE? IT IS TIME TO PUT AN END, BY CONDEMNATION AND PRESSURE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY, TO THIS REPUGNANT ATROCITY!
    -FIDEL CASTRO AUGUST 18TH, 1981″

    • bjohns15 Says:

      Paul,

      A good example of ideological ignorance of the Cuban political prisoners is the popular Vivirlatino.com blog. Today, they linked to a tweet regarding political prisoners in Chile, and have spoken in depth about political prisoners of Puerto Rico in the U.S. Yet, they willfully ignore the situation in Cuba.

  3. bjohns15 Says:

    Hey Paul,

    Thank you for the compliment and the use of my translation. I don’t remember Bobby Sands; I was not born until 1984.

    I think much of the Global community is paying attention, but too many are ignoring it. For example, no Latin American leader has unequivocally condemned the plight of the hunger strikers in Cuba. This applies to many in the United States as well. So many are caught up in criticism of the U.S. and its sins that they think it is permissible to ignore blatant and avoidable Human Rights violations right next door. I pray that justice prevails in Cuba. Only time will tell what happens.

  4. Jesus Maria Alvarez Says:

    Good one, buddy! I linked through Twitter and @NotiCuba retweeted. Way to go!

  5. Jesus Maria Alvarez Says:

    Bryan, I have the image for the widget ready. Send me an email at: jesus [at] cubiyanqui [dot] com if you think you could use it.

    it’s up on my blog if you want to take a look http://cubiyanqui.com

    Thanks

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