|Julieta Venegas in Havana, Cuba|
|Laura Pollan (left) and Yris Perez Aguilera (right) both repeatedly badly beaten by State Security|
|Lump on back Yris Perez Aguilera's head is produce of repeated beatings|
|Photo of Maria Elena around time of attack|
(God in the Cuban jails):
They broke my mouth trying to make me swallow the leaflets that members of my group had distributed throughout Havana. Afterwards I spent three days brutally besieged, imprisoned in my own home with my two children, with no water, no electricity, no food, no cigarettes. We heard what the huge speakers never stopped amplifying, allegorical songs to the country, the necessary punishment of traitors, and anyone who wanted to could shout at me, organized, of course, the slogans they pleased: Comrade worm, we are going to execute you by firing squad!.The previous outrage came to mind when I read that a Cuban state security official had shoved sheets of petition signature "For Another Cuba" into the mouth of pro-democracy activist, Yuri Martinez. The failure of the United Nations and popular figures such as Julieta Venegas to denounce these outrages only encourages their repetition with impunity.
A culture of impunity involves self-censorship and submitting to intimidation and this is precisely what the dictatorship in Cuba has achieved through a sophisticated apparatus of repression that projects beyond Cuba into the international community.
Nevertheless, when the subject is violence against women, the plight of Cuban women is ignored. The latest to engage in this shameful practice is Julieta Venegas and worse yet it was backed by the United Nations and their campaign to End Violence Against Women, UNiTE.
The day before the concert in Cuba the following women were beaten and arrested for trying to attend Mass.
1. Maria Cristina Labrada Barona
2. Anisley Pavón Goberna
3. Aimé Moya Montes de Oca
4. Lisandra Farray Rodríguez
5. Sandra Rodríguez Gatorno
6. Marbelis González Reyes
7. Lis Eladia Quiñones González
8. Raquel Rodríguez Morejón
9. Dianelis Rodríguez Morejón
10. Olga Lidia Torres Iglesias
11. Noralis Martín Hernández
12. Romelia Piña González
13. Danay Mendiola Duquesne
14. Liliana Campo Bruzon
15.Bertha Guerrero Segura
16. Rosa María Naranjo Nieves
Not a word of this act of violence against women was mentioned at a concert that was supposedly aimed to campaign for the end of violence against women. There is a word for this type of behavior and it is hypocrisy. Unfortunately it is both a word and practice that the United Nations is all too familiar with. Hopefully Julieta Venegas is not joining the crowd of artists that legitimize despots. That would be a pity because I do like her music. Besides that, she is playing to a regime that systematically censors music.