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Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

Russia, Cuba to Spur Defense Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov arrived in Cuba to discuss expansion of defense cooperation between Moscow and Havana.

Reports by the Russian Defense Ministry said… Continue reading

Cuba Tests a New Type of Public Administration April 18, 2013 Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — They got rid of half of the bureaucrats, drastically cut down on administrative expenses, transformed dozens of government office facilities into homes and now… Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban Completes 10th Day on Hunger Strike. Report. / Angel
Santiesteban
Posted on April 18, 2013

Yesterday, April 16, 2013, the attorney Amelia Rodríguez Cala
interviewed Angel in Prison 1580.

Angel has been removed from the punishment cell but remains under very
severe conditions and maintains his hunger strike until they respect his
rights as a citizen and as a prisoner — whatever happens. He is unjustly
imprisoned after a trial fabricated by State Security with the only
purpose of silencing and discrediting him as a person and as the great
writer he is.

Angel has lost a great deal of weight and today completed day ten
without eating or drinking. We fear for his health and his life.

From here we hold Raul Castro responsible for everything that happens
to Angel and we demand he be returned to La Lima prison from where —
although he shouldn't be there serving any sentence at all — he should
not have been removed against his will and violently.

Every day that Angel is made to pay in the miserable Castro prisons for
crimes he never committed, having proved his innocence ad infinitum,
will be one more day that the dictatorship demonstrates to the world how
it lies about the situation on the Island, and another day that the
media learns about how it has misled them about the living conditions
within the Castros' prisons — and of course in the whole Island.

The living conditions in Cuba are miserable and freedom isn't even a
memory; repression and violence on the part of State Security is our
daily bread; the acts of repudiation are the expression of how they
manipulate the people to punish the dissidence; the media are mere
channels of propaganda; every day more Cubans risk their lives to escape
from this island, not wanting to imagine what life is like in the Castro
prisons, true concentration camps where they are not human beings, only
objects, objectified bodies whom they constantly humiliate, deprive of
all rights, and force to live in subhuman conditions and all this in the
name of the "humanist" Revolution that the Castro dynasty has ruled over
for 54 years.

We demand that Angel be returned to La Lima Prison immediately and that
they guarantee ALL his rights.

We hold Raul Castro Ruz directly responsible, for Angel's safety and
integrity and reiterate that the same justice and the same rights that
we demand for Angel we demand for all the prisoners in Cuba. And so, one
more time, we demand the release of ALL THE POLITICAL PRISONERS.

We remember, Mr. Raul Castro, that when you assumed the presidency of
CELAC you promised that you would act "with total fidelity to
international law, the Charter of the United nations and the fundamental
principles that govern relations between countries." During your speech
of January 28, 2013, you also said, "We reject interference, the threat
and use of force, and dedicate ourselves to dialog." What happened to
your promises? You should be ashamed and you should behave in
conformance with the commitment you yourself assumed.

The Editor, in the name of Angel's family and friends.

17 April 2013

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Prison Diary XIII. They have dubbed me "Mandela." I have started to be
their hope.
Posted on April 17, 2013

The 5 spies, who committed bloody acts and spied for a foreign country,
have not been punished like they do with any prisoner in Cuba. Here they
humiliate and constantly harass them.

They, the Castros, say that at the Guantanamo Naval Base they commit
horrors, but they don't say what they know because they commit the same
abuses they "denounce" daily.

Here the prisoners swallow nails, springs or pieces of spoons to demand
their rights, or at least have the opportunity to explain to someone.

Amused, I always have to laugh and respond to my new name, no matter how
many times I tell them to call me Ángel or Political — like they used to
— but they have baptized me Mandela. I have begun to be their hope
despite finding me isolated, although without them letting the two
prisoners who helped me get even to the door of my cell; I'm totally
isolated.

I asked for my glasses and they also refused me. The only thing I can do
is write on the walls, except that there is less space left, and I'll
have to figure out how to reach the ceiling; I'll have to do something
about it. Writing is a mania, a necessity and a duty. When they searched
me on my arrival, twelve guards commanded by Major Erasmus did it. And
I told them that my weapons were in my mind and they couldn't get them
out of there.

I thank God for giving me the protection and constant companion in my
lonely hours, but I'm also grateful to be here, they provide me
Literature and complaints against the regime.

God, forgive the dictators and their henchmen.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats
1580 Prison. April 2013.

Editor's Note: Ángel Santiesteban-Prats finishes on his ninth day of a
hunger strike today."

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