After reading tonight some of the best sources of news and information about what really is happening in Cuba, I might not be able to fall asleep.
Because the latest might give me nightmares.
Political prisoner Normando Hernández González on Sunday declared himself in total rebellion against his jailers at the Kilo 7 prison in Camagüey, according to a story by journalist Yoel Espinosa Medrano, posted at CubaNet.
Hernández, a journalist sentenced in 2003 to 25 years in prison, is not eating any prison food, and has cut off communication with guards and other officials at the prison, according to Berta Antúnez Pernet, president of the Pedro Luís Boitel Civic Resitance Movement.
Hernández started his protest to show his solidarity with political prisoner, and Antúnez's brother, Jorge Luis Pérez García (Antúnez), who is carrying out an identical protest.
Among their demands are the release of political prisoners with the most precarious health conditions, and that prisoners be allowed regular access to a telephone.
Velázquez's wife and daughter didn't get the news, until they tried to visit him this past Saturday at the El Típico provincial prison.
When they asked prison officials why Velázquez had been moved, they were told, "We were following orders from State Security."
Velázquez was arrested in January and sentenced to 4 years in prison on a charge of being a "pre-criminal social danger," after he and his family began a march across the country to demand freedom for Cuban political prisoners.
There are many other similar horror stories tonight.
Journalists are being arrested in Ciego de Ávila.
Also, CubaNet reports that several members Coalición Juvenil Martiana (Marti Youth Coalition) in Santa Clara were arrested or otherwise harassed to prevent them from attending an art show in Havana.
Political prisoner Randy Cabrera Mayor regularly has shackles placed on his feet.
And political Andrés Frómeta Cuenca, 30, who was jailed in 1999 and is serving sentences totaling 40 years, has had another 11 years tacked on, for alleged bad behavior while in prison.
But what might most cause me to stay awake tonight is wondering whether independent journalist Tania de la Torre is safe tonight.
Here is her latest dispatch:
State of emergency in Santiago de Cuba By Tania de la Torre
Urgent appeal from Tania de la Torre Montesino, director of the Independent Press Bureau
I want to inform the world about the current situation in Santiago de Cuba. There is a general state of alarm in the province because there is a shortage of milk for children. They have spent two months drinking tea, sugar water, and anything else that happens to come along.
There is not enough money, meat is nowhere to be found, and the situation is worsening because the dengue fever epidemic continues to spread. Additionally, the potable water situation is critical. There are neighborhoods that have spent six months without any. All this before the backdrop of Santiago’s broken streets and septic tanks that contaminate the environment.
We are calling upon the authorities, above all on State Security agents who are repressing and harassing opposition activists. We ask that they go over to the people’s side, because it is now Cuba’s time. It is the right moment to reflect and to help the Cuban people. To help the Cuban people is not to cooperate with the dictatorship and to do everything within one’s reach so that change may come about.
Note: At this point, State Security abruptly interrupted the telephone link between the independent journalist and the Cuban Democratic Directorate.