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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Cuba Travel Advisory from the Wall Street Journal
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Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 21:31:05 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 21:33:45 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
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
Lawmakers still have to overcome a promised Presidential veto but
possibility is growing. If it does happen, we hope Americans who
will pause to think about Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, a
lawyer now in Fidel Castro's slammer for his peaceful human
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
-- 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.
says that he and seven of the other protesters are being held in
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
the Castro regime to let Mr. Gonzalez and his hundreds of
cellmates go free.
Updated August 6, 2002
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