Before you pack your bags for that long-awaited vacation to Cuba or applaud the Castro regime's latest "reforms," you might want to consider this:
Four Cuban dissidents could be sentenced to jail terms of up to 4 years each when they are tried Tuesday on charges related to their distribution of leaflets last January near the "Palace of the Revolution" in Havana and the El Cerro neighborhood in the capital city, according to a report posted at Payo Libre. The four have been in jail since their arrest in January.
Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez said Amnesty International should recognize the four -- Luis Enrique Labrador, 33, Yordani Martínez, 23, David Piloto, 40, and Walfrido Rodríguez, 42 -- as prisoners of conscience because they neither used violence nor advocated violence. Their only crime said Sanchez, is a "crime of opinion."
This is further proof that despite the regime's propaganda ploys and the best efforts of its apologists to insist that things are changing in Cuba, nothing has changed.
The repression is the same, if not increasing, as the regime's fear of real change -- a change that will mean its demise -- rises.
Anyone able to get into the courtroom on Tuesday will be witnesses to that unfailing truth about Cuba today.