Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez”

The phrase that gives its name to this blog synthesizes a statement of principles from one who suffered 17 years and 38 days of political imprisonment in Cuba. I will not shut up because I will continue to raise my voice and to denounce and resist, peacefully but directly, the totalitarian regime in Cuba. I will not shut up in the face of the injustices committed against my imprisoned brothers and those in the streets facing repression. I will not shut up because I will not fail in my commitment to those I left behind the bars. To remain silent would be to betray the legacy of Pedro Luis Boitel. I will not leave, I will not abandon my country because to do so would show an immense lack of faith in the inevitable return of freedom. I will not leave Cuba because if I go, what would have been value to the incarceration, the arrests, and my participation in projects like the Central Opposition Coalition and the National Front of Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience, real achievements of the spirit of unity and maturity of the Cuban civilian movement. I will not leave because I have complete confidence that sooner rather than later my dear sister, Bertha Antúnez, will return to my embrace in Cuba.

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