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    Solidarity with the UNPACU Activists and with all the Hunger Strikers in Cuba

    Solidarity with the UNPACU Activists and with all the Hunger Strikers in
    Cuba /Miriam Celaya
    Posted on April 23, 2013

    While Telesur and the official Cuban media distract us these days with
    Venezuela’s political brawls and other conflicts elsewhere in the world,
    I received a Twitter message on my mobile about the hunger strike just
    started by 46 Cubans from National Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a
    coalition of opponents that groups members in several provinces of the
    island, especially the eastern region.

    Yesterday, they informed me that activists of the Pedro Luis Boytel
    National Movement, of the Rosa Parks movement, and of the Orlando Zapata
    Tamayo FN have joined the province of Camagüey sit-in. Indeed, from this
    very blog I have expressed, more than once, that I do not approve of
    hunger strikes as a method of struggle, but today I cannot but express
    my solidarity with these fellow travelers and respect and support their

    The initial demand for the release of Luis E. Igarza Lozada, imprisoned
    and on strike as of 13 days ago, has even spread to some parts of the
    province of Matanzas. Posters, leaflets, graffiti and pot-banging
    protests have been supporting the strikers in various cities and towns
    of eastern Cuba, amid repression manifested in arrests, beatings,
    threats and suspension of cellular service to prevent the world from
    knowing about what happens in Cuba.

    The best weapon the activists of the opposition can now count on in
    their just demand is our support and solidarity. Let’s use the means at
    our disposal so that they are not alone. Let’s not allow the cymbals of
    the Palace of the Revolution, praising their Venezuelan ward, silence
    the peaceful struggle of our brothers in arms. Let’s boost their voices
    by spreading the truth about what is happening, and by demanding the
    release of all political prisoners. We can all be activists against
    Castro’s repression; do not forget that silence, fear, and indifference
    are the main allies of the oppressors.

    Let’s make a difference.

    Translated by Norma Whiting

    22 April 2013

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