A Victory for Zapata, Fariñas & the Ladies

Monday, May 24, 2010
We fully subscribe to the sentiments of the "#OZT: I Accuse the Cuban Government" campaign, which is nearing 50,000 signatures, on the talks between the Castro dictatorship and the Catholic Church:

The willingness of the government to dialogue with the Church comes out of a specific context, which is impossible to conceal. This dialogue has arrived after the supreme sacrifice of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the hunger and thirst strike of Guillermo Fariñas, the marches of the Ladies in White and the Ladies in Support, the effective unity among the opposition, the exile, the Cuban civil society and the international community who joined for a fair demand the release of political prisoners and the respect of human rights in Cuba. Any release that presupposes the fracture of that unity on those factors goes against the interest of those who remain in prison.

Our commitment is with the 26 political prisoners for whom Guillermo Fariñas is carrying his hunger strike as well as with the victims of the Black Spring. But not only with them. Our goal is to not go back to the situation of Cuba in March 2003. The "#OZT: I Accuse the Cuban Government" campaign will last as long as there are political prisoners in Cuba and its citizens are denied the exercise of human rights.