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Castro’s Cuba: ex-prisoners tell their story

My eyes were covered up for days, my prison cell was full of cockroaches, rats and pestulants, and there was a lack of drinking water. They tortured me, mistreated my wife and limited family visits. Some people perished as a result of lack of medical help” – that’s what one of the four Cuban political ex-prisoners invited to the EP told MEPs on September 13 speaking about his time spent in Raul Castro’s prison. He was sentenced to 25 years behind the bars for carrying out journalism in an independent way…in the XXth century in Cuba, which is the second biggest prison in the world for journalists, second only to China…

Despite all, ex-prisoners emphasized that they do not shelter any hatred against their country, as they believe in the Christian doctrine, as they put it, on the contrary they want Cuba to prosper for the good of all. For more details read our article.

The very interesting hearing in the EP’s human rights sub-committee I attended was all the more interesting for someone like myself coming from a once Communist state. I recalled my childhood memories of kids summer camps, where we used to learn songs about Fidel Castro with a refrain like “if two hands touch each other, either black or white”…

I recalled my childhood memories of kids summer camps, where we used to learn songs about Fidel Castro with a refrain like “if two hands touch each other, either black or white”…

Back then I had no clue who this guy was, and the song with the underlying idea about interracial friendship was music to my ears. Later on in my teenage years, when I realized that Castro was not really the guy to sing songs about, I thought that his regime will be gone once the much attended changes in Central and Eastern Europe have taken place. I was mistaken…It is still alive and kicking.

Thus I can only reiterate what one of the prisoners told MEPs about how the EU should relate to Cuba: “Do not listen to the words by the Cuban government, look at the concrete facts!”

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