Declaration of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front of Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience / Jorge Luis García Pérez Antunez

Compatriots, brothers, sisters, all Cubans, executive directors and members of this coalition of coalitions appalled by the cowardly assassination of political prisoner Wilman Villar Mendoza, who died on Thursday afternoon as a result of torture and mistreatment during a long agony on hunger strike during which he demanded fair and transparent criminal proceedings, which would provide all the procedural guarantees for his defense, we want to share with all our countrymen out of Cuba this declaration.

First Orlando Zapata Tamayo, then Wilfredo Soto García, and later Laura Pollan and Wilman Villar Mendoza, are murdered by the Castro-Communist tyranny, all in just a few months. The latter was a cunning display of impunity and cruelty, another innocent life is lost and another family suffers.

How long will we allow them to continue killing such worthy Cubans? Why is the international press accredited in Havana silent in the face of this new crime and silent and indifferent to the heartrending cries of his wife and the desperate pain of his orphaned little girls? Why so much fallacy and complacency? Why are there so few strong statements from the democratic governments of the world and international organizations?

We do not see anywhere international sanctions to condemn and stop this crime wave. What do Pope Benedict XVI and those who organizing and preparing his famous visit to the Island say? Where is the Vatican’s reaction before the murder of this young 31-year-old Christian and defender of human rights?

This new and cruel murder shows that evil and death are not isolated events in Cuba, but are part of a strategy of annihilation and terror by a sinister machinery of terror and extermination called Castro-Communism that can continue killing if we do not take urgent and concrete steps to stop it.

Compatriots in the crime of Wilman is the answer to those who opt for the approach to and compromise with Castro, those who believe the Vatican visit will contribute to the freedom of Cuba. How long will you continue to allow opportunistic lacks of faith and promoters of discouragement and continue to contribute to crimes like these, oxygenating a tyranny that kills and does not pay?

Wilman’s murder shook the entire Cuban nation. His executioners should have no illusions, hundreds, thousands and thousands of Wilmans, as happened with Boitel and Zapata, will continue rising up until Cuba is free and we will do in spite of those who divide inside and outside, of those politicians and mobsters who persist in depriving the resistance of its resources and attack those who support those who resist and fight in Cuba.

Given the current situation and the seriousness of police violence against the peaceful opposition Cuba, we believe that the moment demands a tough position against the Castro tyranny, lest our brothers continue to fall. Our Front says to you, brother Wilman, they killed you physically, but morally you is more alive than ever, because like Zapata and Boitel you overcame those jailers who thought to make you surrender and your resistance forms part of the path and we will follow your example of calling things by their name, and those outdated and deluded people who chose to approach, be flexible, and compromise are precisely those who killed you.

The international community must be very alert because we do not know what will happen in Cuba in the coming hours. The hordes of the tyranny are terrified because they know the crime they committed. At present important civil society leaders have been arrested and others are besieged within their homes. What do they fear? The awakening of the people who said enough is enough with crime and impunity. The regime knows what it did and just like in the Arab world the Cuban spring is at their doors and Wilman’s death brings us closer to that time.

These are Raul’s reforms, these are the openings, these are the opportunities totalitarianism provides us. So they kill the best sons of the people, those who try to buy us with bigger remittances and leisure travel. That is the answer to those who believe that Cubans are just pigs for fattening with materialistic things and not people with rights, No! Know that Cubans on the island need is freedom and democracy and that we condemn out oppressors and will not continue to give them oxygen to commit crimes as horrific as that committed against Wilman. Marti said freedom is very expensive and we must be resigned to living without it or pay its price and its price was paid by our brother Wilman.

The Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front of Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience and the signatories of this document say, Fidel and Raul Castro, the Civic Resistance Front loudly calls you MURDERERS and assures you that your crime will not go unpunished, you will pay for it.


Raúl Luis Risco Pérez, a political adviser

Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo, National Spokesperson

Eriberto Liranza Romero, coordinator in the west

Idania Yanes Contreras, coordinator in the center

Julio Columbie Batista, regional coordinator in Ciego de Avila, Camaguey.

Delmides Fidalgo Lopez, coordinator of the east

José Díaz Silva, political advisor and director of the independent libraries project of the Front.

Ricardo Pupo Sierra, Cristian Toranzo Fundichely and Yoan David González Milanés Front leaders.

Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina, national coordinator

Jorge Luis García Pérez Antúnez, general secretary of the Front.

January 21 2012