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From: "Dan Christensen"
Subject: Re: Cuba Travel Advisory from the Wall Street Journal
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 11:29:20 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 11:30:13 EDT
Organization: AT&T Canada IES
This one again? Last time, you couldn't provide any corroboration of
this incident from more independent sources (like Amnesty
International or Human Rights Watch). I take it, nothing has changed
in this regard. (HRW does mention this guy and two of his pals being
"reportedly" stopped and roughed up by police--nothing at AI, though.)
No mention of anything like you describe.
Is this just another anti-Cuban propaganda piece to support your
It seems that dissidents in Cuba are constantly meeting with foreign
delegations (Fox, Carter and Nader, lately), sometimes even travelling
abroad to spread their propaganda. The government even supports
cultural enterprises (films and concerts) that are very critical of
Cuban government and society. (See recent accounts of Cuban rappers,
(Visit my website at http://www.netcom.ca/~dchris/CubaFAQ.html )
"Pedro Martori" wrote in message
> Subject: Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 8:18 PM
> REVIEW & OUTLOOK
> FRom The Wall Street Journal
> Cuba Travel Advisory
> Just before it went on vacation, the House of Representatives
> voted to lift
> the ban on American travel to Cuba; this may soon be followed by
> the Senate.
> Lawmakers still have to overcome a promised Presidential veto but
> possibility is growing. If it does happen, we hope Americans who
> visit Cuba
> will pause to think about Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, a
> 37-year-old blind
> lawyer now in Fidel Castro's slammer for his peaceful human
> rights work.
> Mr. Gonzalez is a devout Christian who heads up Cuba's
> Fraternity for the Blind and the Cuban Foundation for Human
> Rights. He has
> long been the target of government, and by extension
> paramilitary, animosity
> -- as are most dissenters in Fidel's police state. The Coalition
> Cuban-American Women says that he has been kidnapped and
> abandoned in remote
> areas more than once.
> In March Mr. Gonzalez took up a peaceful protest with nine other
> rights activists to call attention to the beating of an
> journalist. For this he was beaten with a gun butt and arrested.
> His wife
> says that he and seven of the other protesters are being held in
> prisons far
> from their homes and are being physically and psychologically
> Mr. Gonzalez has been stripped of his cane and his Braille
> Bible. His wife
> also says that he spent three days in one of the tiny cells that
> prisoners call "the drawer." This horrible form of torture is
> in Armando Valladares's "Against All Hope." She says he has been
> told that if
> he cooperates, his conditions will improve.
> We support lifting the U.S. travel ban, as a way to expose
> Cubans to the
> rest of the world. But lifting the ban shouldn't mean lifting the
> pressure on
> the Castro regime to let Mr. Gonzalez and his hundreds of
> cellmates go free.
> Updated August 6, 2002
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