|Harold Cepero (January 29, 1980 - July 22, 2012)|
It translates to English as follows: "Harold Cepero would have turned 37 years old today. His executioners do not know harm they have done to Cuba. Today even the gulls of the Ermita are cold." The dictatorship in Cuba has spent decades repeatedly murdering the future and they did this in the case of Harold Cepero Escalante who was killed along with Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas on July 22, 2012.Hoy #HaroldCepero cumpliría 37años. Sus verdugos no saben el daño que le hicieron a #Cuba— Rosa María Payá A. (@RosaMariaPaya) January 29, 2017
Hoy hasta las gaviotas de la #Ermita tienen frío. pic.twitter.com/QaIWPAarEU
Harold Cepero was a youth leader in the Christian Liberation Movement founded by Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and other lay catholics that embraces the ideas of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Harold was a young man of exceptional conscience and courage who spoke out, took nonviolent action for a better Cuba and understood the importance of rejecting hatred:
"Under the pretext of defending freedom they are attacking it. Martí would say it like this: 'The knife that is stabbed in the name of freedom is plunged into the chest of freedom.' They should think if at the bottom of this attitude there is a real respect for freedom, because to say freedom, to be free, is not to snatch the freedom of others."
Fidel Castro is dead but his harmful legacy has robbed Cuba's future of young leaders such as Harold. Today we find the national leader of the Christian Liberation Movement still falsely imprisoned for speaking his mind when the old Cuban tyrant died in November of 2016.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel understood that we owe it to the victims of repression to remember because : "To forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn't prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of saving them from a second death." We also it to the living because in forgetting we invite more such crimes.
We must remember the victims of Castroism and pray for the dead and wounded while continuing to denounce these crimes and demand justice.