Loading
Political prisoners in Cuba suffering same fate as Mandela, reveal dissidents

.- Thirty-three political prisoners in Cuba have sent a letter to South African leader Nelson Mandela informing him that they will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his liberation “from behind bars.”

The letter was written by prisoner of conscience and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Antonio Ramon Diaz Sanchez, who was condemned to 20 years in prison. Despite serious obstacles, 32 other prisoners were able to sign the letter, which recalls that with the liberation of Mandela on February 11, 1990, the world “witnessed the beginning of a process of change.”

This change, they wrote, put an end to an irrational social order and to “the repugnant regime of Apartheid.”

“We and many other Cubans, and you and many of your fellow countrymen, understand the pain of being imprisoned solely for wanting to contribute...nothing more than equality of rights and responsibilities for all citizens,” the letter stated.

One month and one week “following your 20th anniversary of release from prison, we will mark the seventh year of our unjust captivity.”  The prisoners explained they were arrested for urging peaceful change in Cuba and respect for human rights.

Similar to Mandela, the prisoners wrote, “we also are constantly accused of defending the interests and ideologies of foreign powers—an argument used to cover up political repression and justify long prison sentences.”

The Cuban prisoners expressed their solidarity with Mandela and sent their best wishes “to you and to all South Africans on this worldwide celebration of the 20th anniversary of the end of your captivity.”

The Christian Liberation Movement explained that only 33 prisoners could sign the letter because of communication difficulties. The movement then reaffirmed its “demand for the unconditional and immediate release of all Cuban political prisoners.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

New book 'The Vatican unknown'
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Aug
1

Liturgical Calendar

August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:54-58

Gospel
Date
08/01/14
07/31/14
07/30/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 26: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 13: 54-58

Saint of the Day

St. Alphonsus Liguori »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53

Homily
Date
07/31/14
07/30/14
07/29/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: