Few men in Cuba are as free as Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, as evidenced by his latest confrontation with the Castro dictatorship.
Two days after the Wall Street Journal published his essay (you can read it in its entirety for free at BabaluBlog) on the Pope's upcoming visit to Cuba, Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is paid a visit today at his home in Havana. Elsa Morejon tweeting at 11:50am March 22, 2012 from Cuba: "Police are in my house; bring summons for Oscar." Moments later the photo appears of Oscar Elias Biscet with two political police at his home followed by a photo of the "official summons" for tomorrow March 23, 2012 at 9:00am below.
As James Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, writes, Biscet has no intention of showing up at the police station this morning:
Biscet responded as any brave person responds in the Internet age. He is not cowed. Within minutes, Biscet and his wife ensure that a photo of the policewho came to his door and a copy of the hand-written summons are circulating around the world.
Soon after, I learn from one of Biscet’s supporters that Oscar has no intention of showing up at the police station. Biscet says, I am told, that “if he lived in a democracy, he would have to attend, but since he lives in a dictatorship and has not committed any crimes, he will not present himself.”
Those are the words and attitude of a free man, a man who has suffered the worst of the dictatorship and emerged from its dungeons as strong and committed as ever. Biscet's courage and his example scare the regime more than anything, which is why it again is trying to silence him.
But he does need and deserve the support of the international community to provide him a measure of protection of his oppressors. Please pay attention and spread the word.
Follow Biscet's wife Elsa Morjon on Twitter @ElsaMorejon.