In the latest installment of Lo Que Importa, our co-editor-in-chief, Vanessa Vallejo, spoke with Cuban activist and coordinator of the Cuba Decide movement Rosa María Payá to discuss the dangers posed by the Castro regime to the region now that the Biden administration is in talks with the Venezuelan dictatorship.
Rosa María Payá, daughter of the well-known opposition leader assassinated by the tyranny, Oswaldo Payá, denounced that the regime of Miguel Díaz-Canel has detained more than 1,000 citizens for peacefully demonstrating on July 11, when protests against the communist government shook the island.
The activist considers that her country’s regime “uses” political prisoners to “send a lesson of terror” to the Cuban people and that after the July 11 protests the dictatorship applies “State terrorism” against citizens “in a systematic way” in an attempt to prevent future popular uprisings.
Among those facing legal proceedings for protesting on July 11, the activist says, there are at least 50 minors, some even younger than 16 years old. Some of them have been sentenced by the dictatorship to years in adult prisons.
Rosa María Payá foresees more protests and more repression
Payá indicates that, despite the repression and persecution to which Cubans are subjected on the island, the protests have not stopped. “In the month of January, for example, there were at least 275 public protests in Cuba,” the activist comments.
“Events are still being recorded in the midst of repression, in the midst of a rampant economic crisis, and in the midst of a situation in which most Cubans have a lot of work to do to get to the end of the day, no longer the end of the month,” Payá continued. “Cubans continue to express their determination for change.”
The interviewee points out that the Cuban dictatorship, in addition to having the full force of the State in its power, is strengthened by the control it exercises over the region through “its hereditary dictatorships” in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The terror that the Cuban dictatorship exercises over its population, Payá points out, has among its objectives the “expulsion” of citizens from the island. “In the last five months at least 47,000 Cubans have entered the United States in an irregular way” and, she adds, in coordination with its allies in Cuba, the Nicaraguan dictatorship withdrew visas from Cubans.
To put an end to the horror in Cuba, Payá thinks, “a worldwide reaction is needed,” but she clarifies that it must begin in Latin America, given that the region is seriously affected by “the results” of the Cuban revolution.
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