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    Cuba's brutality

    Posted on Friday, 03.19.10
    Cuba's brutality
    OUR OPINION: World leaders should back peaceful protesters

    In a democracy, people can disagree. They can march to protest their
    government, they can chastise their elected officials in public forums,
    they can walk down the street carrying placards voicing their opinions.

    They can do all those things and as long as they aren't rioting, the
    will respect their fundamental .

    Not in Cuba. Never in Cuba.

    Once again, the Cuban regime has notched up its police state to break up
    peaceful protests by the — the wives, mothers,
    daughters, aunts, sisters and cousins of political prisoners. Leading
    the march was the mother of Tamayo, whose son died last
    month in a hunger strike protesting Cuba's ill treatment of political
    prisoners.

    Remembering `'

    The Ladies vow to continue their weeklong marches in commemoration of
    the 2003 “Black Spring'' when Cuba's communist dictatorship accused 75
    human rights activists and independent journalists and librarians of
    being in cahoots with U.S. “imperialists'' and sentenced most of them
    to more than 20 years in .

    On Wednesday, the Ladies were again punched, kicked and dragged to
    government vans from their walk down the streets of Havana by security
    agents and pro-regime mob squads yelling, “The streets belong to Fidel.
    Down with the worms.''

    It is Cuba's half-century paradox: a so-called socialist government
    where the power is supposed to reside with “the people'' has so
    indoctrinated some folks that they would hand the “people's
    revolution'' to one caudillo who has not let go in 51 years — .

    Make voices heard

    From Europe to Latin America, several prominent artists who have been
    sympathetic to the regime in the past have finally spoken up against
    these latest tactics coming on the heels of Mr. 's death. Their
    governments need to speak up, too.

    Already the has turned down 's push to have the EU
    open up to more trade with Cuba, reasoning that Cuba's brutal response
    to dissent must not be rewarded. Latin American governments that for too
    long have ignored the Castros' abuses are losing any credibililty they
    had with their own people in supporting such brutality.

    Only a concerted effort by democratic governments — from the left and
    the right — can show Raúl and Fidel Castro that their free ride of
    terror is coming to an end.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/19/1536798/cubas-brutality.html

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