Vigilia Mambisa's Big Mistake

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Vigilia Mambisa, an organization that is opposed to the Castro regime, has announced a protest against Cuba blogger Yoani Sanchez, who is also opposed to the Castro regime, during her visit to Miami at the end of this month.

Surely, they are free to do so in this great democracy -- but it's a big mistake.

In the past, Vigilia Mambisa has held protests against Castro regime officials and artists who defend Cuba's brutal dictatorship.

Fair enough.

But Yoani Sanchez is neither a Castro regime official, nor a defender of Cuba's brutal dictatorship in any way whatsoever.

To the contrary, she has been an effective critic of the crimes and injustices of Castro's dictatorship.

So what's the point of the protest?

Don't agree with Yoani's opposition to U.S. sanctions policy toward Cuba?

Neither do we.  

More importantly, neither does Ladies in White leader Berta Soler, or prominent Cuban opposition leaders such as Antonio Rodiles, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" and Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.

As a matter of fact, in 2010, Yoani signed a letter that was distributed in the U.S. Congress asking for the lifting of some sanctions.

Nearly 500 other pro-democracy activists within Cuba disagreed with Yoani and sent a letter countering her views.

However, that didn't make Yoani and the signatories of that letter foes.

You've never seen Antonio Rodiles, Berta Soler, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez," Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet or any other leading dissident that disagrees with Yoani on U.S. sanctions policy, protest her?

To the contrary, they watch each others back.

They remain colleagues in pursuit of a common goal: a free and democratic Cuba.

You don't have to agree with everything Yoani says -- for she in not infallible by any means  -- but leave protesting her to the Castro regime and its proxies.