Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. - http://www.cubafreepress.org

February 24, 1999.

AS A WIFE AND MOTHER, I WILL DEFEND OUR RIGHTS: A DECLARATION By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - After the pronouncement of the Cuban government about applying the law for the "Protection of the National Independence and the Economy of Cuba" to those performing the work of journalists outside the control of the state, the official press media have engaged in insulting us with the nastiest adjectives, without our having the right to reply.

I know the government is able to make good on the announced measures. If this happens, my dignity makes me keep exercising my right to think and to express myself freely as long as a space and a possibility exists.

We cannot as Cubans allow the professional and human right of diffusing and receiving information to be taken away from us. As a woman and a mother I find myself with the obligation to defend those rights for the future in freedom of my son and of my family in general.

I am not a "mercenary," "corsair," or "apátrida" (traitor to the homeland). I am a human being who wants to see her country free. I would prefer to publish in the national media but I am denied that right. Because of that circumstance I must utilize, as the only alternative, the press media from abroad.

Persecution, harassment and exile have been the reward for the independent communicators. They are trying once more to force us into exile. To be free is the yearning of every man. But if prison bars are waiting for me because of some nameless crime, they are preferable than silence to me.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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