Who Cares About Wilman Villar Mendoza?

Thursday, January 19, 2012
On the morning of February 23rd, 2010, we wrote a post entitled, "Who Cares About Orlando Zapata Tamayo?," which read:

Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo is reportedly in a coma due to the 80-day hunger strike he undertook to protest the beatings and arbitrary sentences imposed on him by the Castro regime (adding up to 47 years).

Yet, by reading the latest reports out of Havana-based foreign news bureaus, this tragedy is apparently not as newsworthy as the Castro regime's drop in cigar sales, which has gotten extensive coverage this week.

Tragically, Zapata Tamayo died later that afternoon.

History seems to be repeating itself.

A new prisoner of conscience, Wilman Villar Mendoza, who was arrested for staging a peaceful demonstration on November 14, 2011, and sentenced to four years in prison, is currently in a coma pursuant to a 50-day hunger strike.

Yet, for the past week, Havana-based foreign news bureaus haven't bothered to take a break from covering Raul's "reforms."

By the time they decide it's "newsworthy," Castro's dictatorship may have taken the life of another victim.

Here's a picture of Wilman before his arrest: