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    Orlando Zapata Tamayo Will Never be Forgotten

    Orlando Zapata Tamayo Will Never be Forgotten / CID
    Posted on May 25, 2013

    Yesterday, May 15, an emotional meeting of the Holguin CID delegation
    remembered the birth of the martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo on May 15,
    1967. The story of his humble and courageous life stressed the
    authenticity of his patriotism. To him the country was sacrifice and
    duty. His clash against tyranny involved no desire for publicity nor
    even the slightest trace of a dubious role.

    Ricardo MedinaThe testimony of those who were his fellow prisoners, as
    in the case of Ricardo Santiago Medina, member of the National Executive
    Committee of the CID, is that of a true Christian who knew that the
    freedom of Cuba could only be achieved with evolution and boldness.

    The day of his death on February 23, 2010, after a more than eighty day
    hunger strike without proper assistance, OZT carried a cumulative
    sentence of 36 years in prison for peaceful protest that in any
    democracy wouldn’t even lead to a fine.

    The regime thought that because of was a poor and unknown black man his
    murder would go unpunished. They never imagined that given the
    seriousness of her son’s condition, Reina Luisa Tamayo’s desperation
    touched the hearts of millions of people. Nor did they calculate that
    once they consummated the crime, Reina would write one of the most
    moving and courageous pages in the history of Cuba denouncing the
    tyranny in the streets of our country.

    Orlando Zapata Tamayo was a legitimate opponent. He always put his life
    on the frontline. He had the courage to maintain his dmeands and his
    opposition to the bitter end. Orlando was a direct incarnation of the
    historic political prisoners, the ones who when no one in the world
    listened maintained the dignity of the struggle for democracy at the
    cost of extraordinary personal sacrifice.

    For those involved in the final battle against the Castro regime and to
    all the people of Cuba who aspire to the change that is coming, Orlando
    Zapata Tamayo should not be a patriotic memory, but a living example by
    which we must measure all the pretenders to leadership.

    16 May 2013

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