Regime of fidel castro
The entire island of Cuba lives garroted by these unseen chains.And while both of us are technically free men now, Biscet and others like him living in Cuba go about their lives bearing the invisible shackles of a government that tolerates not a word of protest.While the president basks in the Cuban sun and in photo-ops with its heavy-handed dictator, the fate and freedom of political resisters like Biscet remains grim.On his historic visit to Cuba as the first sitting U. president do so in 88 years, President Obama met with embassy staff telling them "it's a historic opportunity to engage directly with the Cuban people." (Reuters) The president’s decision to go anyway sends a message of favoritism for the strong at the expense of the weak.Rather, as countless organizations have attested, human rights abuses have only escalated, and Cuba is in violation of basic stipulations in its diplomatic agreement with the United States by refusing to allow workers from the Red Cross and United Nations to come and lift the palm-studded hood and take a look. But for these artists and activists, little has changed.] When the president announced his intention to reopen diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, he said, “I believe that we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement.” What followed was to be expected from a dictatorial government that has reigned through violent oppression with nothing but ruler slaps from world governments.Biscet and I were convicted of the same crime: fidelity to our consciences.It provides an endless trove of propaganda material that helps lend legitimacy to the Castro regime, whose agenda of late consists of courting big corporations desperately needed to boost a failed experiment in socialism on the one hand, and bulldozing house churches on the other.And now, to secure its rewards like state visits and relaxed sanctions from the United States, it will escalate political crackdowns.Biscet is free now in technical terms, but in reality, he remains among a cohort of dissenters who still live in an invisible prison: a society still very much under the thumb of a totalitarian regime.N., where it sits on the Human Rights Council ranting yearly about “human rights abuses” in other countries.
The government, which no doubt doesn’t want to scare away American tourists with visions of bloodied protesters being dragged from the streets, is sending a message to dissidents louder than ever: Shut up or be locked up.An Afro-Cuban dissident who spent time in Fidel Castro’s gulags, Oscar Biscet is one of many people that represent the real Cuba, the people who will be hidden from sight as President Obama visits this week.As a Washington Post editorial said, there were more than 8,000 political arrests in 2015, up by thousands from years prior.Biscet, a doctor, blew the whistle on corruption and abuse in Cuba’s health-care system.The government called it “disrespect.” My crime was in refusing to put a simple sign on my desk that said, “I’m with Fidel.” He and I and countless others who refused to go along with the Castro regime’s flagrant human rights violations were sentenced to decades in jail, where the government showed no restraint in trying to break us into submission.
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