As he recovers from a lengthy hunger strike that helped force the Castro regime to release his father from jail, Enrique Lozada, 17, has a message for Cuba and the world.
Transcription and English translation, here:
“I am seventeen years old. I want to call on the youth of the world, not just the ones in my country. I want to convoke them so that they manifest themselves against the injustices that daily attempt against family harmony. I want to call on them to take a stand against all injustices that constantly go against our families, because we must fight against violence, against all things that violate our dignity and our morals.
I want to tell the Cuban authorities and the Cuban dictatorship that neither the beatings nor the imprisonments will stop us from demanding our rights. We are going to keep demanding freedom, we are going to keep speaking up for a Cuba where there is democracy, and we are even willing to give our lives for our country, for the land where we were born, for our sky, we are willing to do it.
To the civilized world, where there is democracy and freedom, I say that Cuba will soon be free, and soon, in Cuba there will be social justice. Cuba will soon be democratic.”