(EFE).- The Ladies in White, a group of women who demand the liberty of Cuba's political prisoners, denounced that this Sunday they were harassed by agents of the government as they were attempting to pay homage to the American religious leader Martin Luther King at a Havana park that bears his name.
This is almost a year after " black human rights activist Orlando Zapata-Tamayo died after an 83-day hunger strike and a series of savage beatings by his Castroite jailer/torturers."
Tamayo, a humble rural plumber and bricklayer, had studied the (smuggled) works of Martin Luther King and Mohandas Gandhi and had attempted some “civil disobedience” to protest the Stalinism imposed on Cuba by the Castro brothers, Che Guevara and their Soviet puppeteers. ... Samizdats smuggled out of Cuba by eye-witnesses’ report that while gleefully kicking and bludgeoning Tamayo, his Communist jailers yelled: “Worthless Ni**er!--Worthless Peasant”
Tamayo’s “disobedience” ... continued in proportion to his beatings and tortures. Tamayo remained –literally– “bloodied but unbowed.” Even Amnesty International recognized his plight and designated him an official “Prisoner of Conscience." ... Shortly after the Congressional Black Caucus visited with Raul Castro last year and returned hailing him as “one of the most amazing human beings we’ve ever met! Castro is a very engaging, down-to-earth and kind man!” the Black human rights activist and Martin Luther King disciple, Tamayo, was beaten comatose by his Castroite jailers and left with a life-threatening fractured skull and Subdural Hematoma.
On December 3, already injured perhaps beyond recovery (certainly with Cuba’s medical facilities) and hoping his death might alert a nauseatingly two-faced “international community” to the plight of Castro’s subjects, Orlando Zapata-Tamayo declared a hunger strike that lasted 82 days.
“They finally murdered my son,” wept Reina Luisa Tamayo this Feb. 24 upon news of her son’s death. “They finally got what they wanted. They ended the life of a fighter for human rights. My son was tortured. But he didn't die on his knees. He died bravely. My son's death gives me much strength, valor; I want the world to demand the release of all the other prisoners of conscience that this not happen again. And no--I don’t accept Raul Castro’s ‘apology.’ He’s an assassin!"
Her son’s body was delivered to Mrs. Tamayo by Castro’s secret police who demanded he be buried quickly and without fanfare. Castro’s police have also blanketed Tamayo’s rural home town to further “emphasize” this last directive.
Mrs. Tamayo, who's house is constantly surrounded by Castro's gestapo who use racial insults, is not allowed to visit her son's grave when she wants, and this is what happens [NOTE: PRESENT TENSE!] when she tries to do so
Cuban security agents beat and detained about 40 dissidents after the mother of the late political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo and her supporters prayed at his tomb, activists reported Monday.
The mother, Reina Luisa Tamayo, said she was repeatedly hit on the head, thrown to the ground and gagged with a smelly rag that left her breathless as she shouted anti-government slogans.
The great Humberto Fontova wrote
Racism is one of the cornerstones of the Castro regime. As Fidel’s close friend and ally, the murderous Ernesto “Che” Guevara, once said, "The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent... We're going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean: nothing!”
Che was much too modest. “Nothing” is not at all an accurate description of Castroite treatment of Cuba's blacks. In fact, these lily-white European soldiers sons (Fidel and Raul) forcibly overthrew a Cuban government where Cuban blacks served as President of the Senate, Minister of Agriculture, Chief of Army, and Head of State (Fulgencio Batista, a grandson of slaves who was born in a palm-roofed shack). Not that you'll learn any of this from the liberals' exclusive educational source on pre-Castro Cuba: the Godfather II movie.
Today the prison population in Stalinist/Apartheid Cuba is 90% black while only 9% of the ruling Stalinist party is black. As these black legislators cavorted in Cuba, a black Cuban anti-communist named Antunez, who suffered 17 years in Castro's dungeons (essentially for quoting Martin Luther King and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights in a public square), was on a hunger strike against Castroism. I will quote his sister from a samizdat smuggled out of Cuba last year while he was still in prison:
"The Cuban government tries to fool the world with siren songs depicting racial equality in our country. But it is all a farce, as I and my family can attest, having suffered from the systematic racism directed at us by Castro's regime. My brother suffers the scourge of racial hatred every day. The beatings are always accompanied by racial epithets. They set dogs on him. They deny him medical attention. They kept him from attending his mother's funeral."
"The racist mentality is so ingrained among Cuba's agents of repression that when mixed race groups are stopped on the street, only the blacks are asked for their identification papers. The only thing I have to thank the Cuban revolution for," she quoted her brother, "is for restoring the yoke of slavery that my ancestors lived under."
Needless to say, Antunez and his family were “overlooked” during the CBC visit to Cuba, as was the black Cuban doctor, who Amnesty International highlights as a Prisoner of Conscience, who President Bush honored (in absentia) with the U.S. Congressional Medal of Freedom last year, and who presently suffers a sentence of 25 years in Castro's torture chambers, Dr Elias Biscet. This man's crimes consist essentially of saying things in Cuban public about Castro similar to what Nancy Pelosi, John Stewart and Bill Maher say on major networks about former President Bush.
Dr. Biscet also denounced the Castro regime's policy of forced abortions. This latter "crime" goes a long way towards explaining why you've never heard of him (and wont) in the MSM.
A before/after comparison should be noted. In 1938, Life magazine wrote “Cuba has probably the nearest thing to perfect equality between whites and blacks in the world today.” In the February 1991 issue of the Marxist/Socialist magazine Monthly Review, Saul Landau (a die-hard supporter and associate of Fidel who once wrote to a communist agent that he dedicates himself to "making propaganda for American socialism"), admitted in a review of a book critical race relations in Castro's Cuba that "From visits I made to Cuban penal institutions in 1968 and 1987, I noted that that a disproportionate number of the inmates were black", which is a noteworthy turnaround from Life magazine's description almost 30 to 50 years earlier.
[Unfortunately, Saul Landau's review, titled "A new twist on race in Cuba", is not easily accessible on the internet]
With the pro-Castro Landau's admission, it is possible to transition back to the great pro-Freedom, anti-Communist scholar Humberto Fontova, who takes these truths a step farther
Castro's regime replaced a government where Cuban blacks served as president of the senate, minister of agriculture, chief of the army, and as head of state. Nowadays Cuba's jail population is 80 percent black, its governmental hierarchy 100 percent white. Only 10 percent of the Communist Party's central committee is black (and Cuba's most prominent political prisoner, Oscar Biscet, is black). In April 2003, three black Cubans "hijacked" a ferry and tried to escape to Florida. They were captured, given a summary trial, and executed by firing squads. Castro responded to the outrage of Cuban exiles with, "What's all this fuss about me shooting three little negritos?"
There will be more to say about this topic