"Cuba also marks 11 years of the 2003 Black Spring. My thoughts today are with those who paid the ultimate price: their lives." - Iván Hernández Carrillo, March 18, 2014
As Venezuelan democrats observe the one month mark of the imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez and denounce the murder of students such as Anthony Rojas, their Cuban counterparts are also observing today March 18, an important date for a number of reasons.
Democrats the world over should also take into account the importance of March 18 inside of Cuba. It was 11 years ago today that 100 activists were arbitrarily detained and sentenced up to 28 years in prison for their nonviolent dissent. Many of them were Project Varela activists. The crackdown became known as the Black Cuban Spring.
|Imprisoned arbitrarily since March 18, 2012|
If the people of Venezuela fail to restore their civil liberties and fundamental freedoms this is what they have to look forward to.