The Health of the Coordinator of the Cuban Independent and Democratic Party in the Western Province is Grave After His Detention on August 28th in Palma Soriano / Katia Sonia

Mr. Nivaldo Amedo Ramirez, Coordinator of the Cuban Independent and Democratic Party of the Western Province.

Nivaldo Amedo Ramirez, Coordinator of the Cuban Independent and Democratic Party, in the Western Province, who was detained on August 28th in Palma Soriano, was transported, in critical condition, to the Provincial Hospital of Santiago de Cuba “Saturnino Lora”, during a hunger strike, to demand his freedom.

Amedo Ramirez was detained by the troops in the Marino Antomachit housing project and was transported to the Micro-9 police station, in Santiago de Cuba. Upon his detention, he went on a hunger strike. This hunger strike further complicated his gastric ulcer and was the cause of his vomiting blood and having abdominal pain. On the morning of Sunday, September 4th, the authorities recognized his critical condition and transported Mr.Ramirez , to the central hospital where he remains under medical care in police custody.

Hi wife, Elvis Alvares Airas, was informed of his condition by the authorities on Thursday, September 1, 2011, that her husband, Amedo Ramirez, will be charged with Disorderly Conduct in the name of Cuba; and that the Cuban Independent and Democratic party is responsible for the health and well being of Mr. Ramirez, age 44.

Translated by Ya Viene Llegando
September 5 2011

Gladys Finally Has Her House / Antunez

It’s hard to believe that we are seeing Gladys go in and out of her very small, but homey house, on the outskirts of Belico en Placetas, right in front of the slaughterhouse and less than 50 meters from the Casallas Park.

It wasn’t long ago that her home was a warehouse for livestock and what sustained her was the trash contained in a nearby trash bin. Yesterday, she ate what she found in the trash bin and dressed her and her daughter from what she found there. Today, this black Cuban woman and her small daughter — who were abandoned, by a regime that she served faithfully as a prison official, as a veteran of the Angola wars and in various tours in the Communist military — thanks the ladies of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights and the Resistance Assembly for her good fortune.

Her daughter breaks our hearts when, seeing us, she comments, “Aunt and Uncle, finally I have a house. Look how they have brought us new clothes and shoes. I have thrown away the ones that I got from the trash bin.”

I am appalled by the rage shown by the repressors and by the security officials when they witness the fortune of this women who did not give in to the pressures and the blackmail of those who visited her who attempted to turn her against the fight for human rights, who insisted to the dictatorship that they solve her situation in 48 hours or they would have to deal with hunger strikes and protests. Within a few minutes of this ultimatum, she was admitted to a hospital and within hours received the keys to her new home.

Nothing else is discussed in Placetas except this incident. Thanks to the folks who support human rights, Gladys Espinosa and her daughter have a place to live. This demonstrates another victory for human solidarity and another example of what can be done.

Translated by Ya Viene Llegando

Ya Viene Llegando (It’s On Its Way) / Rebeca Monzo

That’s how the lyrics go of a great song by Willy Chirino, the great pinareño (referring to the Isle of Pines) composer, very well-known among us, in spite of the fact that on our beloved planet it’s prohibited to play his work in the media.

It seems that the final judgment is on its way for all of the tyrants. Mr. Gaddafi has but a few hours to face his.

Who was to say that a man, who is despised as a human being, now has a bounty of a few million dollars on his head. I wouldn’t want to be in his skin. He’s probably hiding, like his neighbor in Iraq, until they find him in a cave, seeking refuge. I think that this guy, wherever he goes, sooner or later will be found and justice will be served for the multitude of deaths caused by his obsession to maintain power no matter the cost.

I want to extend my sincere condolences to the Libyan people, for deaths on both sides, since all have been victims of tyranny. My wish is that peace, supported by a government elected by the people, will come to them so that they may recuperate from the horrors of a civil war.

Translation by Ya Viene Llegando

August 26 2011

Ex-Police Official in Same Jail as His Victim’s Brother / Laritza Diversent

Amado Interian, the former official of the Ministry of the Interior, who shot Angel Izquierdo Medina, 14, while Mr. Medina was eating fruit from a mamoncillo tree this past July 15th, is being held in the same prison awaiting trial, as the victim’s brother.

“They put him there so that my son can carry the rap for the murder he didn’t commit,” affirmed Raiza Medina, mother of Izquierdo Medina, referring to the authorities, when her eldest son informed her, from the Valle Grande prison in Havana, that they had placed his brother’s assassin, in the same prison where he was being held.

“I am not healthy enough to withstand 20 more years, they know that a death in there costs 20 years”, said Raiza, who suffers from a chronic renal insufficiency and fears for her eldest son, Roilan Herce Medina, arrested, according to the family, for an alleged assault.

“I know that my son remains there and it’s going to get complicated, because one has to have very cold blood knowing that someone has murdered your brother, seeing the assassin on a daily basis, and not being able to do anything,” she commented. Mrs. Medina thinks that the authorities did it on purpose so that her son will react against Interian.

“They are finding an excuse so that later they will be able to take him (Mr. Medina) out of there and put him in his son’s house, who is an assembly deputy and who is doing everything possible to put the land where his father killed my son, in his father’s name.”

“Maybe they are only looking for one or another of them to seek revenge and take justice into their own hands”, said the maternal grandmother of Angel Izquierdo. Many of the residents of Mantilla, where the young Izquierdo lived and where Amado Interian practiced as Chief of the police sector, are serving sentences or awaiting trial in the same penitentiary.

According to information given to the victim’s mother by Major Maikel Nuviola, the preliminary investigations into her son’s death are inconclusive due to a lack of statements by two witnesses who accompanied the young Mr. Izquierdo, that fateful day.

It was Mrs. Izquierdo who took a second set of declarations made by the two witnesses to the Department of Territorial Investigations, on 100th and Aldabo, because the first statements taken the day of the killing, were lost at a police station in Capri. Additionally, the present statements have not yet reached the hands of the District Attorney because he is on vacation.

Regarding the alleged cause of death, acute anemia, certified by the authorities, the victim’s mother affirmed, that the investigator on the case and the state institution, confirmed to her that the bullet shot by Interian entered her son’s body from the left side, destroyed the femoral artery, crossed through his kidneys and liver, then lodged itself in the lung, causing the youth’s death almost instantly.

Translated by Ya Viene LLegando

August 22 2011