No Cuban Doctors for Ariel

Monday, January 18, 2010
According to Human Rights Watch:

"A boxer and physical fitness instructor, Ariel Sigler Amaya was in excellent shape when he was arrested in the March 2003 crackdown. The leader of an unofficial political group, he was sentenced along with his brother, Guido Sigler Amaya, to 20 years in prison for 'acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state.' By 2009, he said, his illnesses included 'chronic gastritis, pulmonary emphysema, chronic pharyngitis, a bacterium, and gallbladder stones.' Having been moved between at least four different prisons and two military hospitals, at 47 years old Ariel can no longer walk, and is now confined to a wheelchair. 'He already lost feeling in his legs—they are so thin that you can see the bones,' said his brother, Juan Francisco Sigler Amaya, following a February 2009 visit to the military hospital where Ariel was being held. 'He doesn't have mobility in his shoulders and arms. He has lost more than 100 pounds... He is unrecognizable.'"

Yesterday, Ariel stated in a letter:

"Those that have repressed and imprisoned me have now led me to the verge of death. They've turned me into a small pile of skin and bones. Cases like mine abound, of strong people, physically fit and in excellent health, that through the monstrous methods of State Security have perished in its prisons, hospitals and psychiatric centers. If I die, let it be known that there is only one culprit: Cuban State Security, the executioners of the Castro regime's military dictatorship that are tasked with eliminating its adversaries."

Another one of Ariel's brothers, Guido, is also serving a 20-year prison sentence for presiding a pro-democracy movement entitled, Movement for an Independent Alternative (MOIA).

Lesson to be learned:

For the Castro regime, Ariel is a political nuisance.

For those that turn a blind-eye to the Castro's regime repression, Ariel is a political inconvenience.

And without political gain, there are no Cuban doctors.

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words.