Ladies in White

The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on April 2, 2014

The Castro regime is, above all, biopolitical. Power over the life and
death of each one of the individuals, within and beyond the national
frontiers of the wicked little island in the Caribbean Sea. The Castro
regime is nothing if not necropolitical: death or the pardoning of life,
at times with a legal view at times in a succulent secrecy.

The death penalty was restored in Cuba as soon as Fidel Castro’s
guerrilla’s were installed in the Sierra Maestra. Ernesto Ché Guevara
and Raúl Castro, two “leaders” who did not cause a single member of
Fulgencio Batista’s constitutional army to fall in combat, loved to kill
handcuffed men, especially when the accused came from the ranks of their
own Rebel Army. So they won their ranks, their epaulettes gleaming with
the cadavers condemned by “conviction.”

In the so-called “flatlands,” in the violent urban underground of 1957
and 1958, the Revolutionary death penalty was happily applied right in
the Cuban streets by the shooters—not to be confused with the
terrorists—of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7).

After the tremendous apotheosis of 1 January 1959, the government made
death its first law, and shot en masse several generations of
ex-Bastitaites and neo-Castroites. Thousands of “maximum penalties” are
documented, but the real figure will continue to be a mystery until the
end of time. There are no records. Not because an Orwellian intelligence
apparatus destroyed them, no. There are no records because in the
majority of cases no one kept them. They shot because people were
pointed at. Even before trial. By decree. As an exemplary punishment. As
prevention. Out of hatred for the Cuban people and their natural
anti-communism. Over and over again, from “conviction”: that is, by the
balls of the comandante.

In this list there are many crimes, with real bombs and improbable
strokes, committed in exile. Some at the hands of Cuban diplomats
themselves, who carry arms and shoot in peace, even in the most
conservative capital of civilized Europe, as did Carlos Medina Pérez in
London 1988.

this Castro List of the Fallen, in October 2011, in the Calixto Garcia
Hospital in Havana, is the leader of the peaceful pro-democracy movement
The Ladies in White, the beloved Laura Pollán, betrayed perhaps by those
closest to her. Also on the Castro List of the Fallen, in July 2012, on
a highway closed to traffic in the provinces of Camagüey or Las Tunas or
Granma—we will never know, because no one has the right to believe in a
State forensic report—are the founding leader of the peaceful Christian
Liberation Movement, the intellectual Oswaldo Payá, along with his young
collaborator Harold Cepero. Both Oswaldo and Laura had won for Cuba the
Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European
Parliament, in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

This is just what Fidel does not forgive. As he does not forgive the
hope for a liberation. As he does not forgive that there is a future
after him.

We now have a living testimony of that double attack in eastern Cuba on
Sunday 22 July 2012. This testimony was just released by the Madrid
publisher Anaya.

The book is called Death Under Suspicion (2014), and it is the chronicle
of the crime in the voice of the young Spanish politician Ángel
Carromero (of the New Generations of the People’s Party), direct witness
to the tragedy, who was driving the rental Hyundai when the
extrajudicial execution struck, causing the fatalities of Harold Cepero
and Oswaldo Payá. Also with them was the Swedish politician Jens Aron
Modig, another survivor, but he has still refused to tell everything,
after declaring “amnesia” caused by the “accident” provoked, according
to the Cuban State, by the “imprudence” of a driver “without a license.”

The facts. Shortly after noon on 22 July 2012, the Hyundai was driven
off the road by another car, perhaps in a classic PIT maneuver (bumping
the car from behind). No one was injured. Then a group of men in
civilian clothes swarmed the car. The foreigners were taken down with
technical hits and then taken in separate vans to the hospital in
Bayamo, by then already taken over by officials from the army and the
national police. Little is known about the Cubans. But a few hours
later, without medical attention, Harold Cepero and Oswaldo Payá were
the latest corpses of the Castro regime.

Nothing was heard, nor will it ever be known, about the identities of
those “anonymous heroes” who transported the two surviving foreigners.
Nor were they inquired about at the trial held in Bayamo—perhaps because
of an agreement between Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution and Madrid’s
Moncloa Palace—where, months later, Ángel Carromero was condemned to
four years in prison for “negligent homicide.” The Swede had already
returned to Sweden by then, renouncing his political career, while his
testimony was dismissed as “irrelevant” by a Cuban court in this “common
case.” So he was never called to testify.

All this was known from the beginning, because Carromero and Modig sent
several text messages just after the crime, and even managed to call
their respective bosses in Sweden and Spain—now suspiciously
silent—before their foreign phones were taken from them in the hospital
and they were kept incommunicado, despite the demands of Payá’s and
Cepero’s families to meet with both of them.

The most sinister part of Death Under Suspicion is that it is the
testimony of a man condemned to death, because Ángel Carromero reports
that, before finally being deported to his homeland to serve the rest of
his sentence in Spain (in December 2012), a Cuban State Security
official warned him that if he ever told the truth, he would also be
extrajudicially executed, like Harold Cepero and Oswaldo Payá.

You can believe Ángel Carromero now or not. It doesn’t matter. But there
are thousands of dead for us to believe this horror of the Cuban official.

The Castro regime only lies in public. In private, never.

From El Nacional, Venezuela

2 April 2014

Source: The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie / Orlando Luis Pardo
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