Eighty-six months. This 18th of May we members of the group of the 75 whom remain hostages of the Castro totalitarian regime will have served 7 years and 2 months of being isolated from our social and family environments. The motive for such captivity has solely been the act of having been social communicators and civil fighters in favor of the inherent rights and freedoms of the dignity of human beings. On that same day, the European Union, Latin America, and Caribbean Summit will take place in Madrid. The subject of Cuba will be on the agenda. For that reason, a group of us will be holding a 72 hour hunger strike so that those who are present at the summit will not forget that in Cuba there are political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, and that there is no prevailing system of justice. We also want to commemorate the fact that our fond brother dissident, Guillermo “Coco” Farinas, will be on the 84th day of his hunger strike on that same day as he continues demanding freedom for over twenty prisoners of conscience who remain caged in the communist Cuban dungeons.
The European Union is made up of 27 democratic countries- some of which have even experienced “real socialism”, one party states, centralized and state-run economies, the violation of the Declaration of Human Rights, and all the errors and horrors of the frustrating ideology known as Marxism-Leninism. We Cubans continue suffering under all these material and spiritual miseries which have been supported by a totalitarian regime for more than half a century. We are in need of solidarity for our honest cause which is in favor of truth, freedom, justice, and love. Spain should especially be a supporter considering that they also suffered under the dictatorship of Franco and are familiar with the importance of international support.
I repeat: we are asking the participants of the summit to support us in our struggle for a new Cuba that will “be for everyone, with everyone, and for the good of all” just like our Apostle of Independence, Jose Marti, paradigmatically convoked.
Pedro Arguelles Moran
Group of the 75 of the Black Spring
Provincial Prison of Canaleta, Ciego de Avila
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