Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Orlando Zapata Lives: Tribute to a Cuban Hero

“Zapata’s struggle is our own without hatred and violence. May God grant that his martyrdom help all Cubans to see each other as brothers and sisters and thus take the path towards reconciliation, freedom and peace.” - Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas

Marc R. Masferrer who put together the video and montage has this to say about the passing of the Amnesty International Cuban prisoner of conscience: "Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died Feb. 23, 2010, after an 83-day hunger strike during which he demanded his captors respect his human rights. They not only ignored his demands, but they took active steps to ensure his death. However, a month later, it is clear that Zapata lives! He is a Cuban hero."

In the days following the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo I found myself listening to two versions of the U2 song 'Pride' about another human rights martyr: Martin Luther King Jr., and in tribute to Orlando Zapata Tamayo I post post both versions below one by John Legend, and the original version by U2. Both have excerpts of Martin Luther King Jr. another apostle of nonviolent resistance to injustice.

Requiescat in pace Orlando Zapata Tamayo

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