Many Cuban political prisoners are not just quietly doing their time, waiting for a miracle. Instead, prison is just another front in their struggle against tyranny and for freedom, theirs and their country's.
Refusing to succumb to the oppression of the regime, they fight back against their captors by bearing witness to the horrors they witness in the Castro gulag and reporting back to their colleagues and compatriots so that the world knows the true evil of the Castro revolution.
Here are a couple of examples of what they are reporting this week:
- Political prisoner Brian Rafael Gómez Gómez reports from Canaleta prison in Matanzas that prisoners who complain about the bad food and poor medical care are being subjected to various physical and psychological pressures. Gómez also reported that government officials replaced the leadership of the prison after receiving numerous complaints from prisoners' relatives. However, the new regime has been just as merciless with beatings and other human rights violations, according to a letter from Gómez to independent journalist Álvaro Yero Felipe.
- Political prisoner José Daniel Ferrer García reports from Las Tunas Provincial Prison that abuses by guards drove prisoner Ángel Fernández de la Rosa to suicide by hanging.
The dictatorship refuses to release its political prisoners because, well, that's not what dictatorships do — unless they feel they have something to gain.
But whether the Castro dictatorship realizes it or not, by continuing to imprison prisoners who oppose the revolution at its very fundamental level, it is creating a legion of correspondents to tell the truth of the horrors they have witnessed.
It is a truth that one day will set them, and their country, free.