After more than 100 days on hunger strike, Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera has a scored a huge victory for himself, and all Cubans who struggle against the Castro regime.
Morera, who was serving an 8-year prison sentence handed down just last year, on Monday was released on parole. However, it remains to be seen how much he will be able to enjoy his release, since he must first recover from the effects of a protest he started June 16 to demand his freedom.
Nonetheless, Morera, with the support of allies in Cuba and overseas, has triumphed in the enduring, 55-year struggle against the Castro tyranny. The dictatorship usually is unmoved by a prisoner's hunger strike, since it cares little whether a protesting prisoner lives or dies -- unless it somehow ends up causing the regime some uncomfort.
The dictatorship may have thought that was about to happen, as knowledge of Morera's protest grew on social media -- #SOSVladimirMorera -- and elsewhere, thanks in large part to efforts of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, one of the more active opposition groups on the island.
Suicide by protest against a regime that cares little for human life is not a viable option for the Cuban opposition. Anyone willing to take that risk is someone that the cause of Cuban freedom needs to survive.
But there is no denying that Morera, and his supporters, have triumped and at least for today, the regime has been defeated.
That Morea may live, and that the dictatorship has been exposed as not being formidable as it would like the world to believe, is enough reason to celebrate.