Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mojitos and Cuba Libre for Canadians.

Mojitos and Cuba Libre for Canadians

Canadians vacationing in Cuba are usually too busy sipping mojitos and frolicking in its beaches to consider last week's tragic death of the Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo. But it is a powerful reminder of the island's repressive system, and illustrates the Cuban government's continued and blatant disregard for human rights and civil liberties.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a 42-year-old carpenter and plumber, stopped eating Dec. 3 to protest the conditions of his detention, and died in a hospital in Havana last Tuesday. He is the first political prisoner to starve himself to death since 1972, when Pedro Luis Boitel, a student leader and poet, suffered the same fatal end.

For the Cuban dissident movement, there is going to be a 'before' and an 'after' in the murder of Orlando Zapata. But for Canadians, Cuba will continue being the sources of sun and vitamin K, a well inspired “mojito” and the golden color attached to their skin, the only witness of their travel to the prisoner island.

Cuba doesn’t count to Canadians. It is not a country, it is not a system, it doesn’t exist beyond the sunny beaches and their splendid resorts. Almost 1 million Canadians visited Cuba last year, how many of them really know the actual Cuba: a minority.

The same phenomenon happens with the newspaper and media in general: Cuba is completely erased from them. Even after Zapata’s death, reported by the entire planet, referenced by the farthest newspaper in the world in India, in Canada the news barely appeared in a few headlines of some newspapers.

And the worst scenario in Quebec, the Canadian province by excellence travelling to Cuba, with 730 thousands who traveled last year, two of the many websites who reported the death of the Cuban dissident almost repeated the same shameful arguments brought by one of the most reptilian propagandist of the regime: someone named Ubieta.

Lame in arguments and originality, those reports are the shame of the province whose preferred destiny to travel is Cuba. How could people travel to another place without at least get in touch of what is happening in that place? How many Canadians are shamefully politically not-oriented? How could you be so ignorant to unknown your social environment, not to be involve somehow and in some way to the out world?

But Canadians are. They go to Cuba, enjoy “mojitos” meanwhile their skin is being toasted by the harsh sunlight and return home: this big “oasis” named Canada to write racists and prejudiced reports about a man who died after 85 days in hunger strike, asking for a little piece of freedom in his homeland.

How hurt that Canada in our Cuban hearts !!!


P Neisman, Editor said...

We support the freedom fighters of Cuba for their courage and sacrifice against the brutal regime of Castro.