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Cuban Rafter: 10 Years

Posted in Pedro Luis, Translator: AMC on April 6, 2010 by Pedro Luis

Source: AP News Agency

La Havana (AP) – Elian Gonzalez became an adolescent with short hair, who studies in a military school and is a delegate of the young communists, ten years after he was the center of a judicial and political dispute between the United States and Cuba.

The webpage of the official Cubadebate showed photos of the boy during the ninth Congress of the Union of Young Communists, that took place in the Cuban capital over the weekend.

Sixteen year old Gonzalez seldom goes out in public and on this occasion he did so between the delegates of the party meeting wearing the olive-green uniform that characterizes the students in the pre university military schools.

With a long face, black hair and an intense gaze, the youth appeared very serious and sat among his compatriots.

Translated by AMC

The exiled ask Europe for help in extending the internet in Cuba

Posted in Pedro Luis, Translator: AMC on March 29, 2010 by Pedro Luis

“It isn’t about ideologies, but about humanity. We need solidarity” said the Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez

Those in exile believe the internet and the new technologies have become an indispensable ally in getting their message out, as has happened since the death of Orlando Zapata, and have asked the European governments to make available free and accessible connections in their respective embassies in Havana, reported the AP.

“The revolution of the new technologies have come to mark the end of the Cuban revolution” said Pablo Diaz, director of Diario de Cuba.”The Internet helps protect those on the island and at the same time sensitize (make aware) those who are outside.”

Diaz participated in the seminar with other figures (supporters) of the opposition, both in exile and on the island.”Europe in solidarity with Cuba” organized by the foundation of the former president of Poland Lech Walesa, in collaboration with a few Spanish and European representatives in Madrid.

Diaz confirmed that not even the illness of Fidel Castro has had as much of an impact on the island as the new technologies and defined the web as “a beast” that the government cannot tame.

“The decline of the Castro regime has come as a result of the internet 2.0 and the shared files” he added.

The journalist Raul Rivero asked for more technological help from the embassies and diplomatic missions. He remembered (reminded) how some dissidents organized themselves using the internet, with help of the exiled in Miami, to rebroadcast live(?) Zapata’s funeral, who died in February after a prolonged hunger strike.

“That was something (previously) unthinkable. The technological development is very difficult for the dictatorship”, stated Rivero.

Rivero highlighted the role that the bloggers, headed by Yoani Sanchez, are playing as they tell the world what is happening in Cuba.

Yoani Sanchez participated by phone from Havana.

“Enough reading headlines that Cuba violates, and that Cuba represses. It is the government that violates everything. The government is not Cuba” said the blogger.

“it isn’t about ideologies, but humanity. We need solidarity.” she added.

Antonio Guedes, vice president of the Liberal Union of Cuba, emphasized the importance of the internet, but more so of all those who broadcast via short wave radio, so that the Cubans can get more information, since it is difficult to access a computer on the island.

Guedes insisted that the European embassies should open their doors to the dissidents and offer connections to the broad band.

“Every day more Cubans denounce what is happening in the country”, added Guedes. “Some of them don’t even consider themselves dissidents, but the government makes a great effort to categorize them as political dissidents and persecute them.”

“Tomorrow may be too late.”

From Cuba, the activists Jorge Olivera and Miriam Leiva participated in the forum via telephone and denounced a “wave of repression” of Raul Castro’s government after the death of Zapata.

“We are speaking today, because tomorrow may be too late”, said Olivera, one of the detainees in 2003 who was liberated the following year due to health issues (problems).

Olivera showed his confidence in Europe as they work to liberate 200 political prisoners when he said, “They die slowly in the subhuman prisons of Castro’s regime.”

In the same vein, Leiva demanded the involvement of the European and Latin American parliaments so that they demand the liberation of the prisoners of (conscience?)

“Cuban society is immersed in the gravest political, economic and social crisis of our history, without our government announcing neither changes nor democratic advancements (progress).

The Spanish representative of the conservative Popular Party of Luis (??), one of the meetings organizers, said that he would work from the parliament to attend to the demands of the internal opposition.

The secretary general of the European Popular Party, Antonio Lopez Isturiz, said this Friday in the Diario de Cuba that 18 conservative prime  ministers, gathered the day before in a meeting, decided to oppose the change of position of the EU regarding Cuba.

The governments that disagree with Spain are Germany, France, Italy, Malta, Holland, and Bulgaria until they reach 18, according to Lopez Isturiz.

Diario de Cuba covered the event live (in real time)on Twitter.

Translated by AMC