Behind the Christ of Havana, about seven miles from the coast, "volunteers" of the Communist regime committed one of the most heinous crimes in the history of our city and of Cuba.
In the morning, a group of seventy people in all, fled on a tugboat, led by the ship's own crew; none was kidnapped, or there against their will. They came out of the mouth of the Bay of Havana.
They were pursued by other similar ships. When the runaway ship and its occupants stopped to surrender, the ships that had been chasing them started ramming to sink it. Meanwhile, on the deck, women with children in their arms begging for mercy, but the answer of their captors was to project high pressure water cannons against them. Some saw their children fall overboard under the murderous jets of water amid shrieks of horror. They behaved brutally until their perverse mission was fulfilled: Sink the fleeing ship and annihilate many of its occupants.
They murdered thirty two people, of them 20 children. Some would be turning 15 years old now. “Granma” the official organ of the Communist Party reported that the vessel sank because of a “rotating bell”. That continues to be the repeated official version, but the survivors tell of infernal scenes conceived and executed by diabolical minds.
They had many opportunities to not annihilate those twenty innocent children and additional women and men, but their malice was sustained. They lost the opportunity that God always gives his children not to fall into the abyss of evil, as fell those who ordered and carried out this crime.
Only the farce that ended with the murder by firing squad of eight innocent young Cuban medical students on the 27 of November of 1871 had the brutality, the arrogance, the cowardice and ruthless abuse that the crime of July 13, 1994 had.
Only the murder of 73 innocent people, many of them teenagers, Cuban athletes traveling in a Cubana airliner, exploded in midair the 6th of October of 1976 by a terrorist bomb, was full of so much sickening hatred, of so much perversion and of so much cynicism afterwards by their material and intellectual authors, as was the crime of July 13, 1994.
All of these behaviors: rage, arrogance, cowardice, ruthless abuse, sickening hatred, perversion and subsequent cynicism by the authors, overflow in the crime of the “13 de Marzo” tugboat, on the day of July 13, 1994. But impunity also overflows.
Impunity not only because the guilty have not been put on trial, but because many people in Cuba and in the world do not dare to denounce this crime and to even recognize it as such. The authors of this crime are treated as heroes by the Cuban government. The mourners were not even allowed to cry openly on our soil, not even complain, nor protest.
Before whom to make a claim? Before the tribunals that judge and unjustly condemn those who raise their voice to say the truth and those who march in silence to denounce these crimes? Too painful the events that I have mentioned, for which it is improper to use ironies. I seriously denounce that what is missing are 32 black flags that should be placed, from the Central Committee of the Communist Party, in a straight line to the Ministry of the Interior, but visible from the Ministry of Culture since its heralds of all species, Cubans and foreigners, are charged with singing to the lie and oppression, falsifying truth and freedom.
Let the silenced bells toll. But let them toll for all the victims of terror that in reality is only one sole victim: the Cuban people that without distinctions, suffers the loss of each one of their children.
The Christ of Havana is not turning his back on those who died; he is calling on those who are living so that they not live in the lie paralyzed by fear, but rather seek the truth with the hope that all of us Cubans can live free and as brothers. That way, one day soon, in that plaza and in all of Cuba, will be inundated with Cuban flags and white flags floating in the songs of all who will proclaim: at last peace and freedom!
Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas
Havana, July 13, 2009
Original text in Spanish taken from the official page of the Christian Liberation Movement and is reproduced in its entirety below: