Basilio Gusman, One of the ‘Plantados’ in Cuban Prisons, Dies

14ymedio, Havana, 13 April 2022 — Former Cuban political prisoner Basilio Guzmán Marrero, who spent 22 years confined to the Island regime’s prisons, died on Wednesday, in Virginia, United States, the country where he has lived for many years, as dissident Frank Calzón confirmed to 14ymedio. Guzmán was originally from Campo Florido, Havana, and “joined … Continue reading “Basilio Gusman, One of the ‘Plantados’ in Cuban Prisons, Dies”

Despite a Plot We Follow Plantados / Jorge Luis García Pérez Antunez

The former political prisoners Ángel de Fana, Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez, José L. Pujals Mederos and the ever eternal Mario Chanes de Armas, Eusebio Peñalver, and many others, Heleno Oviedo, Javier Denis, among many whose greatness makes us feel small and insignificant, conceived from exile one of many noble altruistic projects and those created to support … Continue reading “Despite a Plot We Follow Plantados / Jorge Luis García Pérez Antunez”

One of the July 11th (11J) ‘Plantadas’ in Cuba is Hospitalized and ‘Very Weak’

14ymedio, Havana, September 30, 2022 — On Monday, political prisoner Lizandra Góngora Espinosa, sentenced to 14 years in prison for her participation in the protests of July 11, 2021, was transferred to the hospital at El Guatao women’s prison, in the municipality of La Lisa, Havana, a week after declaring a hunger strike. Ángel Delgado, … Continue reading “One of the July 11th (11J) ‘Plantadas’ in Cuba is Hospitalized and ‘Very Weak’”

The Garrido Sisters, Convicted in Cuba for July 11th (11J), are ‘Plantadas’ and Demand their Freedom

14ymedio, Havana, September 20, 2022–Writer María Cristina Garrido, her sister Angélica, and activist Lizandra Góngora, arrested for their participation in the 11J protests [11 July 2021], announced on Tuesday their refusal to wear common prisoner uniforms and declared the start of a hunger strike. The prisoners signed a note from the women’s prison in Guatao, … Continue reading “The Garrido Sisters, Convicted in Cuba for July 11th (11J), are ‘Plantadas’ and Demand their Freedom”

The Massive Migrations of Castroism

14ymedio, Pedro Corzo, Miami, 17 September 2022 — El Instituto de la Memoria Histórica Cuba contra el Totalitarismo y Plantados hasta la Libertad y la Democracia en Cuba [The Cuban Institute of Historic Memory Against Totalitarianism and plantados (political prisoners) for Freedom and Democracy in Cuba] recently organized a conference on the different migratory waves driven … Continue reading “The Massive Migrations of Castroism”

The Cuban Migratory Wave is Leaving a ‘Generation Gap’ on the Island

EFE (via 14ymedio), Jorge I. Pérez, Miami, 9 September 2022 —  More than 177,000 Cubans have arrived by land in the United States and more than 5,000 by sea since October 2021, in a new wave of migration from the Island to the North, which already exceeds that of the Mariel Boatlift and is “widening … Continue reading “The Cuban Migratory Wave is Leaving a ‘Generation Gap’ on the Island”

Andy Garcia’s Family Denounces That the 11J Political Prisoner is ‘in Poor Health’

14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2022 — Andy García Lorenzo, one of the protesters imprisoned on July 11, 2021 in Santa Clara, “is in poor health and hasn’t received the medical care he needs,” his sister Roxana García Lorenzo reported on social networks. The young man is isolated in the infirmary of El Yabú, the labor … Continue reading “Andy Garcia’s Family Denounces That the 11J Political Prisoner is ‘in Poor Health’”

Fidel Castro Ordered the ‘Water Shut Off’ to Pedro Luis Boitel, Says His Former Cellmate

EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 26 May 2022 — Pedro Luis Boitel was forced to go thirsty during a hunger strike in prison, because “Castro gave the order that they cut off his water until he died,” according to what his cellmate, the human rights Armando Valladares, told Efe. “You cannot write the history of political … Continue reading “Fidel Castro Ordered the ‘Water Shut Off’ to Pedro Luis Boitel, Says His Former Cellmate”

For Asking for Freedom in the Streets of Havana, Ktivo Disidente is Imprisoned in Cienfuegos

14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2022 — Carlos Ernesto Díaz González (known on social media as Ktivo Disidente) is accused of disobedience and contempt after climbing a wall on San Rafael Boulevard in Havana last Thursday, April 28, and demanding freedom for Cubans. According to his Facebook account, which is managed by another person, the rapper is detained in … Continue reading “For Asking for Freedom in the Streets of Havana, Ktivo Disidente is Imprisoned in Cienfuegos”

Sentenced to 14 Years For the 11 July Protests in Cuba and on Hunger strike, He is the Father of Two Babies

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 24 February 2022 — Gerardo Díaz Alonso, one of the protesters on July 11 in Cárdenas, Matanzas, has been on a hunger strike since Friday, protesting that he was sentenced to 14 years for the crimes of sabotage and public disorder. His wife, Mercedes Sánchez, with whom he has two children … Continue reading “Sentenced to 14 Years For the 11 July Protests in Cuba and on Hunger strike, He is the Father of Two Babies”

Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is in a ‘Delicate State of Health’ Warns the San Isidro Movement

14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2022 — Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, in jail since the protests on July 11, is in a “delicate state of health” after spending almost a month on hunger strike, art curator Claudia Genlui told 14ymedio. “We had information from a person inside the prison that Luis Manuel is currently very weak … Continue reading “Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara is in a ‘Delicate State of Health’ Warns the San Isidro Movement”

Yosvany Garcia’s Health Suffers After Ten Days as a ‘Plantado’ in a Cuban Prison

14ymedio, Havana, 24 January 2022 — Yosvany Rosell García Caso, for whom the Prosecutor’s Office requested 30 years in the trial in Holguín for sentencing on January 14, has been on a hunger strike for ten days in protest of what he considers an unjust sentence. As confirmed to this newspaper by his wife, Mailin Sánchez, … Continue reading “Yosvany Garcia’s Health Suffers After Ten Days as a ‘Plantado’ in a Cuban Prison”

Madrid’s Parliament Asks for the Embassy in Cuba to be Opened to the Dissidents

14ymedio, Madrid, 18 November 2021 — On Thursday, Assembly of the Community of Madrid approved a resolution in defense of human rights in Cuba and against the dictatorship. In this “non-law proposal,” as it is called in legal terms, presented by the People’s Party (PP, conservative), majority in the regional parliament, they ask the Spanish … Continue reading “Madrid’s Parliament Asks for the Embassy in Cuba to be Opened to the Dissidents”

Angel Santiesteban’s Personal War

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana | 7 February  2021 — Ángel Santiesteban Prats (1966, Havana) is perhaps the living Cuban writer, residing in Cuba, who has had the most problems with the political police. He is also one of those who has garnered the most recognition for his literary work. He writes film scripts, practices journalism … Continue reading “Angel Santiesteban’s Personal War”

Cuban Writer Angel Santiesteban Receives the Vaclav Havel Award for Creative Dissent

14ymedio, Havana, 14 August 2020 — The Václav Havel Library Foundation announced this Thursday that Cuban author Ángel Santiesteban Prats is the 2020 winner of the award given to a writer at risk. “Because of his open opposition to the regime, Santiesteban has been the subject of continuous harassment and accusations,” says the New York-based … Continue reading “Cuban Writer Angel Santiesteban Receives the Vaclav Havel Award for Creative Dissent”