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May being brave not be so costly, and being a coward not so worthwhile

May being brave not be so costly, and being a coward not so worthwhile*

/ Lilianne Ruíz

Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated

In one of those programs that State Security shows on Cuban television,

I have seen one of the men I most admire for his courage in this saga

for the of Cuba. But State Security did not really present

Antúnez, nor speak of his years as a political , of the horrors

of Cuban prisons, so dark and forgotten.

Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antúnez," is a Cuban who was imprisoned from

1990 until a few years ago, solely for expressing his ideas contrary to

political power.

If he had only been in for spreading his ideas it would be

terrible injustice, but in his testimonies of Castro's political

prisons, you can relive the horror of the punishment cells, and of human

beings reduced to the most unimaginable degradations to make them

retract who they are, forcing them to wear the uniform of common

prisoners and making them go through political re- courses.

Someday Cuba will be on the front page of newspapers around the world

because of the trials of violators of we will then be able

to hold, for the crimes against humanity in these 53 years. The world's

radical left, extreme, carnivorous, predatory, wanted to ignore them,

perhaps because they would be willing to do the same in their own

countries. To speak of this is difficult, to imagine how far the

wickedness of man goes, begins with a closed door we don't want to go


Possibly because of this many influential people in the world prefer to

look at the uniformed children, the waving flags, the doctors graduating

from the Latin American of Medicine, the discourse of social

justice. And this apparently been very well studied by the elite of

power in my country.

The world prefers to ignore the testimony of people like Valladeres,

Hubert Matos, Antúnez, the 75 of the Black Spring. And meanwhile State

Security fabricates these programs where they try to discredit people

largely unknown to the Cuban television audience. Maybe even for Cuban

and foreign journalists themselves, excepting of course the independent

journalists and some disobedient foreign correspondents who decide to

seek out the truth and not remain within the comfortable official discourse.

The only thing the mafia of Villa Marista (a political prison), and

Section 21 (an arm of State Security), achieved with their latest

monstrous documentary was to show, once again, how they monitor and

persecute people who have spoken out against the regime.

In response to the lie with which stupid people try to establish

people's perception of State Security, reducing the problem to an issue

of money and not authentic freedom and rebellion, I answer in my

so that anyone in Cuba (where I live and where I have come out of my

closet) could read me — saying that in order to go out into the streets

to protest and to demand freedom for the political prisoners, as the

Ladies in White do, requires so incredibly much more than money.

To land yourself, as Antúnez did (and as other Cubans did whom they also

try to discredit for being opponents) in a cell of the Castro regime, in

solitary, without rights, you need to have an I-don't-know-what that

most Cubans don't have. That the State Security officials who made the

TV program don't have, nor do the guards who inflict tortures on the

prisoners, especially those who torture the political prisoners with

cruel and degrading treatment.

Not even the maximum leaders who die of fear have it, those who are the

primary culprits of these injuries against humanity, fostered by the

ideology of a system and the low value of a human person within it;

these are the conditions without which the current owners of Cuban could

not remain in power.

In the first centuries of Christianity the greatest testimony one could

give of faith in Jesus Christ was martyrdom, and Antúnez has proven to

the point of martyrdom his faith in freedom: he is alive and sane thanks

to the spiritual force God gave him. (Boitel Lives is his book of

testimonies from his years in prison in Cuba.)

In the case of those endearing gladiators, the Ladies in White — who

also showed up on the TV screen in violation of their right of privacy —

the major "sin" that State Security presents was their having accepted

collaboration from other Cubans in exile, who knows if perhaps it was

another Lady with better rhetoric, to write a statement on the death of

Oswaldo Payá.

These women, mostly from humble backgrounds but with a true

intelligence, have chosen the better part of what no one in exile, nor

many men in Cuba, nor this writer, have chosen, which is the courage and

stamina to go to the very end, as Laura Pollán did, in their fight for

Freedom for the political prisoners.

Faced with the lack of justice and citizen security in the Courts, after

learning that the power in Cuba is a fierce dog that calculates his

moves without any respect for the human condition or the condition of

being a woman, they need a lot of courage and a lot faith.

When freedom is in danger, it must be rescued. The only ones who have

sold their individual freedom, and hence their country, have been the

mercenaries of the present government of the Island of Cuba, the

sadistic gendarmes of MININT (State Security), who with no fear of God

nor respect for men, populate the memoirs of Antúnez, the hellish

conditions that Cubans and many people in the world prefer to ignore.

And that, one more time, the official government site Cubadebate did not

comment on, nor was it presented on television by State Security.

Translator's note: A line from this song by Joaquin Sabina

August 7 2012

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