It is the responsibility of every Cuban in exile, whether with words, prayers or something much more tangible, to work for the liberation of the island from the scourge of the Cuban dictatorship. Some of us blog, others, like Miguel Díaz Bouza, take up arms against the regime and act.
In October 1994, Díaz and six other exiles — including former Political Prisoner of the Week Humberto Eladio Real Suarez, infiltrated Cuba with a landing in Villa Clara province. During an ensuing firefight, a Cuban guard was killed. The exiles were soon captured and brought to trial. Díaz was convicted of "acts against the security of the state" and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
There is not much information available on the Web about Díaz's fate, except for a few reports on official Cuban Web sites describing "terrorist" attacks by Cuban exiles. But in April, Cuba-Miami Information Bridge reported that prison officials were giving Díaz the run around on whether his mother would be allowed to visit him.
One of the surest indicators of the repressive nature of the Castro regime is the jailing of political prisoners. To illustrate that reality, Uncommon Sense each week profiles one prisoner. There also is a Political Prisoner archive on the right sidebar. To suggest a prisoner for a profile, send me an e-mail at [email protected]
For profiles of imprisoned Cuban journalists and related information, read the March 18 Project.