Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cuba: Vespers of the International Day of Human Rights

I known, Vespers is the evening prayer service in the Western Catholic Church. According to the Wikipedia: “The word comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα and the Latin vesper, meaning "evening”. And about obscurity and secrecy, very attached to evening activities in autocracies as in religion, it is what I am going to talk.
Two days before December 9, Cuban authorities have begun to “get ready” for the International Day of Human Rights. From the island, dissident voices, independent journalists and some blogger are reporting a massive deployment of security forces around the already controlled houses of dissidents, and specially the group of women known as Ladies in White. Human Rights activists, independent journalists and dissidents as a whole have been advised by the political police (well known as G2 in Cuba) not to go out to the streets and celebrate the day.
This is how Cuba’s government accomplishes what they already had signed under Unite Nations headquarters: worthless scraps of paper, that’s what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means for the old and the “new” Castro’s regime. Those are the reforms under Raul Castro.
Today, Twitter and all the social networks have been reporting detentions, movement of security forces around the homes of prominent dissidents like Sara Marta, kidnapped not too far by Cuban police and around the houses of the Ladies in White members.
At the same time, one of the women who participated in a protest in the Central Park in Havana last week (watch the video above) is still missing. Ivonne Malleza Galano has been kidnapped also by Raul Castro’s security forces. Her whereabouts are unknown and Cuban activists and dissidents are concern about her.
In the video, you could also watch how people shout to the police when they spread tear gases and violently detained the three women. This is how Cuba accomplishes its international compromises under United Nation and how Cubans live their everyday life.
Something you should not pass over it: the faces of fear of the men watching how the police are beating and spreading gases on the women.
It is amazing, but in Cuba women are stepping up in their resolution to bring down Castro’s walls of repression.