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    Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro

    Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro

    Fariñas’ Letter to Raul Castro

    Santa Clara, Cuba, 20 July 2016

    General of the Army Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State
    and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba

    Sir:

    Yesterday, on 19 July of the present year, I was tortured while
    handcuffed by troops of the Special Brigade of the Ministry of the
    Interior in the province of Santa Clara. Because of group of us,
    militants of the United Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU), were going to
    the 5th Unit of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), to inquire
    about our member falsely charged in the province of Pinal del Rio, Jose
    Rolando Casares Soto, and about a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuban
    (UNPACU), Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, who is on hunger strike in Santiago
    de Cuba.

    To present oneself before an establishment of MININT is not a crime,
    according to current laws, if one is not carrying allusive posters,
    distributing propaganda, or shouting a slogan against the regime, and
    that was what we militants of FANTU were doing when we were violently
    arrested.

    The above is a small sample of the wave of abuses, terror and violence
    that the repressive authorities of your government unleashed about 19
    months ago against the non-violent opposition that civilly confronts
    totalitarianism.

    And that can trigger an escalated violence among Cubans, resulting in a
    civil war, something that I do not want for my Nation and I think you do
    not want it either. You and the MININT Special Brigade members –
    Anti-riot –who tortured me when I was defenseless, and called me a
    Mercenary.

    Let me clarify, that to be a mercenary one must meet two conditions: 1st
    – To be fighting outside one’s country of origin, and 2nd – To be at the
    service of a foreign power. I fight within Cuba and I was born in this
    land. I only accept having been a mercenary when I fought in Angola and
    was in the service of the Soviet Union, a foreign power.

    With regard to the second, let me clarify, it is true that I receive
    material and financial support from anti-Castro exiles, something that
    does me honor, because these compatriots in the diaspora do not forget
    the suffering of the Cuban people. Something that you and your
    supporters have no moral authority to criticize, because when you were
    fighting Fulgencia Batista y Zalvidar, the exiles financed you, or where
    did the money come from to buy the yacht Granma, a boat financed by the
    exiled ex-president of Cuba Carlos Prio Socarras?

    Also the heroes of independence Jose Marti and Antonio Maceo received
    material and monetary help from Cubans in exile. And so, General of the
    Army, if we are mercenaries you also were.

    And I believe that neither Marti nor Maceo had been. For all the reasons
    detailed above, I am declaring as of today I am on a Hunger and Thirst
    Strike, until you declare publicly – and your words are published in the
    official newspaper Granma – that we opponents are not to be tortured,
    beaten, threatened with death, we will not be subject to spurious
    charges and we will not have our personal property confiscated.

    Also that you designate one of your vice presidents to meet with a dozen
    prominent leaders of the non-violent Cuban opposition to realize the
    fulfillment of your promise. I hold you and your government responsible
    for my life and the lives of all non-violent Cuban opponents as of this
    moment.

    General of the Army I urge you to act as a Cuban patriot and not as an
    ideological militant of one ideological trend. That you recognize that
    no Mercenary offers his life for pro-democratic ideals and that it is
    our right, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to
    always think differently, in a non-violent way.

    Without further comment I am,

    Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez, Psychologist, Winner of the European
    Parliament Andrei Sakharov Prize, Coordinator General of FANTU

    Source: Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro – Translating Cuba –
    translatingcuba.com/guillermo-farinas-letter-to-raul-castro/

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