Orlando Zapata's Tomb is Desecrated

Friday, May 14, 2010
Does this regime have any shame whatsoever?

Reina Luisa Tamayo is Besieged in Her Home, While Orlando Zapata's Tomb is Desecrated

From the city of Banes in the province of HolguĂ­n, Reina Luisa Tamayo, mother of prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died on February 23, 2010 as the result of an 86-day hunger strike, denounced that Cuban State Security has posted five men at the door of her home, controlling all those who enter and leave the house.

On Tuesday May 11th, Reina Luisa went to the cemetery in Banes and found the engraved inscription on her son's cement tomb had been covered with white paint. In addition, the plastic flowers left by her on the tomb had been removed.

In a recorded testimony of these incidents in Banes, Reina Luisa said of the State Security agents in front of her home:

"Murderers, insolents, go and guard the cemetery… what you should be doing is protecting my son's tomb. I will not allow anyone touching his tomb… Leave the door of my home free for those who wish to enter. If you are truly confident in the people's support, why are you so fearful of anyone from the opposition movement manifesting their solidarity to this Cuban mother?"

According to Reina, her son's tomb was desecrated as a form of manipulation by the authorities to try to intimidate and demoralize her, but she stressed:

"They will not succeed... We will not give up our peaceful struggle against the regime…"