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Cuban Dissidents Take to the Streets—Christian Groups Beg the West for More Sanctions on Havana

AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

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Cuban regime sentenced Member of Christian Liberation Movement Mr. García Labrada to five years prison for expressing his opinion while he stood in line at the supermarket. (Radio Marti)

The pro-freedom Cuban opposition mounted their most recent protests two days ago against the Communist government in Havana. The most encouraging development we are now seeing coming out of these periodic protests, which started on July 15th, is a phenomenon once described by Vaclav Havel–the renowned dissident, thinker, and later president of the Czech Republic–that ultimately marked the beginning of the end of the communist regimes in Europe.

Havel observed that public protest in totalitarian countries reveals a stark comparison: a fellowship of honor, righteousness, and dignity demonstrated in the squares, parks, and streets stands in contrast with the mass of disgrace, immorality, and degradation displayed by the regime.

This confrontation sometimes becomes even more distinctive when protestors, representing good and virtue, are imprisoned, whilst the evil and immorality of the regime pervade the streets. Another leader of anti-Communist opposition of the 1980s, also known as the mother of the Polish trade union movement Solidarity, Anna Walentynowicz, further emphasized that the mobilization and preparation for the protest buoyed dissent even more than the taking to the streets.

With blue lights and sirens, the long convoys of police cars toured Cuban cities at midnight on Monday, November 15, 2021. The noisy paddy wagons with cages – black-colored military transport trucks for those arrested – followed by motorbikes woke up children and disturbed their nightly rest. But the post-Castro regime show of force did not succeed in the reinforcement of a culture of fear in the hearts and minds of average Cubans.

The regime evidently understood that this display of arrogance and ignobility would not suffice, and an additional step was needed. A few hours later, with thousands of plain clothed agents, the regime conducted a crackdown that some opposition veterans called the most vicious in a decade. The regime blocked the apartment doors of the protest leaders in several cities. 

According to reports by the Christian Liberation Movement (CLM), one of the leading organizations advocating for political change in Cuba, the secret police threatened and intimidated everyone who wanted to peacefully express their opinion publicly, including three leaders of the CLM: Eduardo Cardet, Eliécer Porto, and Rosa María Rodríguez. Not only did the regime arrest thousands of Cubans at home without a court order, but they are also punishing many with the loss of their jobs, subjecting others to permanent secret police surveillance, and releasing thugs armed with bamboo batons to harass still others. 

With metal fences cutting through the main cities in Cuba, the deployment of armored police, special forces, and the regular army, along with the ubiquitous presence of plain clothed agents, the regime has totally deprived Cubans of their right to demonstrate peacefully in person and imposed an undeclared Martial Law. 

But this level of persecution—unusual even in Communist Cuba—has revealed an enormous power of the powerless. 

Cubans under house arrest offered water and meals to the tired police agents. Lone protesters on the streets handed white flowers to armed officers. The priests who received death threats recorded short appeals for a culture of civility and offered a blessing to their tormenters.

White fabric spontaneously placed outside of thousands of balconies and windows provided a remarkable voice for the voiceless, and courageous Cuban opposition figures openly called for freedom for political prisoners and an end to all intimidation of citizens at home and work. 

“No one is asking for food or medicine,” said the coordinator of CLM, Eduardo Cardet. “Cubans unanimously are demanding liberty,” he stressed. 

One week earlier, Catholic bishops endorsed the protest with a unique Pastoral Letter, declaring that every person deserves dignity as a child of God. Calling for the establishment of a new institution for dialogue, the Cuban bishops reiterated that every Cuban has the right to express their opinion without fear. 

The letter appealed for the release of all political prisoners.

According to the Human Rights Watch report, at least 800 protesters who participated in the Peaceful anti-Communist Uprising on July 15th, 2021 have been unjustly imprisoned.

Citizens of democratic countries are generally unaware, even while it is notoriously known in totalitarian countries, that individuals may end up in prison if they publicly complain about something as simple the disorganization of a line at food shops or public offices. 

The Cuban regime has persecuted members of the CLM with an exceptional fury. Nine years ago, CLM founder Oswaldo Payá died in a horrific car crash that many believe was caused by the secret police. Nearly thirty members of CLM have been imprisoned unjustly and are serving long-term sentences. In October 2020, the police “disappeared” CLM member García Labrada after he criticized “irregularities in the supply of goods in the local supermarket.” His lawyer said that when García rejected the investigator’s demand to leave the Movement, he was left with an injured arm and breathing difficulties due to torture. 

The draconian punishment for García confirms that a public commitment to living a life in the truth is a fundamental threat to living a life according to a lie – which is, of course, the strategic pillar of the entire Communist system in Cuba.

Living a life in truth in a totalitarian system plays a far more significant role than living in truth in Western countries. Living in truth is a factor of power. It is the essence of resistance to the Communist lies. 

Stopping the opposition from living by the truth can be effective in a totalitarian country with an inefficient economy as long as that fact can be concealed by the foreign media and as long as Western businesses remain indifferent. 

Therefore, after Monday’s protest, the leaders of the Christian Liberation Movement asked the international community to sanction Havana with measures akin to those imposed on South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1980s.

The CLM has engrained in the Cuban protest movement the Catholic ethos of non-violence. That ethos is based on the dignity of the human person, an unalienable right stemming from the Natural Law that is taught by the Catholic Church.

This Christian ethos, highly evocative of victories achieved by the anti-Communist movements in Central Europe in the 1980s, including Polish Solidarity, reinforces the power of the powerless.  It was this power that was manifested during this past Monday’s protest which Cuba’s Communist regime failed to suppress.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian and researcher.


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Sean Richman
1 month ago

Doesn’t this sound like what the liberal.socialist,marxist dense oc RATS have planned for AMERICA,I am here to tell you that it will not happen in AMERICA.The real PATRIOTIC AMERICANS will NOT let it happen,so think what you will,communism will NOT happen in my country.

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Richman

Exactly what I was thinking as I read this article. Everyone should have to read it as it’s already started here – witness those still imprisoned because of the events of January 6th!

HocasPocas
1 month ago

Sounds like the beginnings of communism is moving the US in that direction

Pete from St Pete
1 month ago

Why haven’t I heard about this on TV news or read about it in our woke local newspaper? Probable answer: they don’t want to expose it to the ignorant masses how communism really works because communism is an ancestor of wokeism.

Hal
1 month ago

I am all for publicly and verbally condemning “Havana” for the way they govern Cuba as long as sit doesn ‘t involve forceful threats/actions/bribing (Cuban gov’t)/allowing free immigration in to the Nation (e.g. as Cuba did several years back with boat loads of Cuban dissident). But the onus of bad government of Cuba needs to be resolved by Cuban citizens without USA (or others) military or forceful actions. I do think refusing to allow trading with Cuba or banning US citizens from visiting Cuba (with some tough exceptions) should be tried. I strongly oppose military action … unless Cuba does it first or tries to harm US citizens (if Cuba wants to take action against US citizens as hostages who arrived there in the past legally, that should NOT be allowed.) Cuba is a good example of how Communism screws up the health, welfare, and religious freedoms of its citizens. AND many US citizens are dumb enough to think Communism is OK (members of that so thinking group in this Nation are call Democrat Party members).

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

The communist main stream media fails to report on the protests by the oppressed people of Cuba. The American dupes who still receive their news from the MSM vote for the likes of Biden/Harris/Pelosi/Schumer/Obama/Sanders/AOC. We must pray that God will deliver the people of Cuba from the satanic communists and that He will wake up enough Americans so that we will not vote to allow the satanic Democratic Party to continue to rule over us.

Eduardo
1 month ago

Satanism=Communism=Tyrannies=Demoncrats.

Hal
1 month ago

Ye p, just another example how the News Media is so biased towards Communism (with a few exceptions … Fox, AMAC, etc.)

Eduardo
1 month ago

God is the only one that can save Cuba (and USA too). Only people that don’t know the difference between right and wrong can fall in the idiocy of voting for tyranny. It’s obvious to anyone that has escaped Cuba that EVERYTHING the new American government is implementing is the same structure used in Cuba to make every single person fear to show any idea or feeling against the government. Fear will be the motivation to live. We are getting there FAST.

Eddie Mack
1 month ago
Reply to  Eduardo

Exactly right. Excellent!

Adonis
1 month ago

It will never happen. American left loves Socialism, those of us who oppose it are the biggest threat to them.

Jon
1 month ago

This country allowed Elian Gonzalez to fall back into this Hell when he had a chance to get out.

Honey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

This country did not do that. Janet Reno did that under Clinton’s rule.

Honey
1 month ago
Reply to  Honey

And Justice Kavanaugh tried to help the family taking care of Elian.

Eduardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Honey

But some people were stupid-ignorant enough to vote for this Alzheimer’s patient.

Eduardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Americans don’t know this is happening since Clinton was president right here in America.

JULIAN GARCIA
1 month ago

Thank you AMAC
I’m so glad you posted this article. The Main American Media has said little about the situation there.
For those of you reading this post and can read or understand Spanish, I would recommend going to americateve.com/América TeVé Noticias de Miami, Cuba y EEUU (americateve.com)
It’s the ONLY Spanish network that is reporting about it on a regular basis.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

PLEASE, pay attention, folks:
( D ) = communist

Their 4 tenets –
TAX
SPEND
LIE
CONTROL ( every aspect of your life )

Eduardo
1 month ago

Let me add Fear to your list. Once we are where they want us, fear will take over your emotions and thinking.

Barb
1 month ago

Ok, who did you vote in? We need to vote them OUT!

Eddie Mack
1 month ago

Please note the CLM report that the Cuban “secret police threatened and intimidated everyone who wanted to peacefully express their opinion publicly”. Like the Cuban secret police, the FBI is now tracking parents who protest at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists”. The left ALWAYS operates this way, whether its in Communist Cuba or in an America undergoing a Communist revolution.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Eddie Mack

The KGB/FBI needs to be defunded and abolished – PERIOD, end of story.

Eduardo
1 month ago

You think they will defund themselves???
They are the government reprisal organism.

Phyl
1 month ago

If we don’t vote in conservatives next year, it will show up in a neighborhood neat you. Pray and vote for conservatives.

Eduardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Phyl

“Pray” is right!! If you really have Faith in the true God.

edward
1 month ago

Given this country is run by marxists top to bottom now cuba won’t be getting any help from here unless it is privately funded.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Hooray Unite on issue alone , Solidarity can help

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Congrats to the people of Cuba, ” kill them with kindness. ”
We have innocent people sitting in draconian conditions in the Washington, DC Capitol Police jail since Jan 6th, 2021…Days after the FBI & Capital Police led so-called insurrection, the BLM/ANTIFA enablers were released from those jails…The non-violent patriotic Trump supporters that foolishly walked into the Capital bldg. were arrested & have NOT been charged with a crime, yet they rot in jail & there are now reports of torture occurring, unsanitary conditions, forcing them to sleep in their own urine & feces, etc….NO representation afforded them, NO visitation, No cameras, NOBODY is allowed in, including members of Congress…Some are now be brought out on stretchers, sadly…
This is NOT the America I know. The Biden/Harris faux presidency are a socialist driven tyrannical gov’t installed through ” ELECTION FRAUD. ” They will go down & they will go down hard for this…
It is time to DRAIN THE SWAMP…
God bless America,
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Linda
1 month ago

Couldn’t have said it better. And, now the regime has targeted Trump supporters with subpoena’s and have Steve Bannon in handcuffs. Disgusting.

Eddie Mack
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda

Subpoenas “to appear for deposition” are NEVER enforced. That is, refusals are NEVER prosecuted. Until now. And only for Trump supporters. When it comes to these no good bleeping leftists, there has to be a stronger word than hypocrites.

PaulE
1 month ago

That sums it up nicely Bill. We have our own political prisoners being held in Washington.

Thomas H. Seigo
1 month ago

Bill on the Hill: While you make a grand speak for what is happening as a result of the Jan 6 fiasco, other than the “time to drain the swamp”, there is no positive effort made to-date, to rid our beloved America of these Anarchist Socialist Commies, despite the overwhelming evidence of the Democrats continuing onslaught against our Constitution. It is plain to see that by slowly eradicating the Constitution in favor of a more Communist manifesto, these idiots in the extreme far left are also slowly succeeding in their quest to remake America into a third world Communist country. Question, if America goes down to communism, who is next to feel the sickle and hammer come down on them? I am an octogenarian (85) and will fight to protect my family and country, should the Socialists invade my home. My sons who have served notably in the U. S. armed forces assure me that their mother and father will be protected if push comes to shove.

Don Pierce
1 month ago

Those who fail to learn from history are prone to make the same mistakes others have made. Democrats take warning of this before it is too late.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

Those “blue helmets” will roll in front of the guillotines.

Eduardo
1 month ago

YES. It will come down to that. Sadly and it’s closer than you think.

Eddie Mack
1 month ago

Bill baby! You hit it on the nose!

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

BLM / FBI / Anti-fuh, same thing.

Barb
1 month ago

THANK YOU Bill for stating the truth. Many of us know what had happened on January 6th and who the idiots are who put the wrong people in prison. BLM/ANTIFA and the strong arms who got them to do what they did and blame others for their wrong deeds are responsible and should be the ones put in jail. REMEMBER all the riots and burying of buildings etc. before the Jan. 6 business. Those people weren’t arrested or put in jail. We need powerful, smart people to stand up to this kind of tyrannical gov’t. We need a David to slew Goliath…..we have several but they can’t get past the politicians and rotten attorneys, judges, government, etc. who is ignoring their attempts to stop their destroying America and stepping on our freedom.

HocasPocas
1 month ago

Let’s go Brandon

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