Friday, December 01, 2006

Is Cuba Ripe for Revolution?

Maybe, according to Mario Loyola:

In the town of Madrugas on the outskirts of Havana, something extraordinary happened in the early evening of November 2. Several dozen agents of the Cuban state security tried to arrest dissident and community activist Eddie Hernandez Arencibia. But his neighbors would have none of it. Several hundred formed a cordon around his house, the women locking arms in the front rank. When State Security started beating them, the men came forward and a melea ensued. Another young dissident, Fernando Lopez Montero, was seriously injured. A police van was overturned and set on fire. State security was forced to withdraw, empty-handed.

About nine days later, in the early morning, they came back — backed up by several hundred riot police. But the two dissidents were nowhere to be found: someone from state security had tipped them off. A massive manhunt ensued, and they were finally captured in international waters — by the U.S. Coast Guard. Both are now reportedly being held in Guantánamo pending review of their asylum petitions. Meanwhile, State Security emptied Hernandezs house, throwing all its contents and his wife out on the street. She is now living among neighbors, at least five of whom have been detained without charges.

As totalitarian regimes weaken, brave souls come forward to test their strength. May God give the Cuban people the courage they'll need to throw off their fetters at last.

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
Sir Winston Churchill

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