Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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14 de Mayo del 2000

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE ARTICLE "SCANDAL IN HAVANA" BY OSVALDO PAYÁ. By René Beltrán Amador, for Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA.- Alllthough I am a son of this Cuban land I go about marginalized and discriminated against. I go about advocating the rights I am able to exercise. But I walk the land I love without the freedoms inherent in the human being that extol him in dignity. I walk this land just like many compatriots who wander about, who were born in it and form the Cuban people. If the color of our ideas and our longings to be free as the Lord created mankind are not suitable to the sectarian interests of power of the group that governs Cuba, then we will continue to walk the Cuban land under the unbreathable atmosphere of repression, harassment and oppression.

We will have nothing of a decent and decorous life with a roof and decent bread. Nothing of a job where we can fully realize our social duty and our own sustenance without hypocrisy. Nothing of talking, thinking, meeting and writing as the good conscience dictates to us. The color of our ideas is blurred in the monotonous screen of communist doctrine. We Cubans do not have rights of a free people. But if we are fans of the empty personality cult or the pedestal so that the strong dominate the people, then yes, they control rights that fall from the banquet table of the strong like permitted bread crumbs. We are definitely a people suffering the affront of having our human rights violated and the pain of having paid very dearly for more than 40 years in our struggle to emancipate ourselves from the chains. We drag them on the paths that the people have strolled in their noble and bloody history of the struggle for freedom.

The foreigners who have come to Cuba to tell us we are very happy because they don't trample our rights are ignorant of our past. Their posture and words of praise for the social reality in which the Cuban people live do wound the skin of us people without freedom.

These foreigners have the right to say the things they choose from their respective countries. But we Cubans, suffering from the totalitarian repression of our government feel rejection as we hear their flatteries. That is why the May 1 2000 pronouncements of Osvaldo Payá represent our feelings. His interpretation of how foreigners at round table discussions ignore or distance themselves from the drama in which we Cubans live is correct. To make them our own we pronounce our gratitude to him for his words.

René Beltrán Amador, for Cuba Free Press.


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