Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day in Cuba 2018: The price of dissent and being a good son

Like father, like son - unjustly imprisoned for acts of conscience. 

May 1, 2017 in Havana, Cuba Daniel Llorente with an American flag calls for freedom
Eliezer Llorente was arrested by the Cuban political police on April 29, 2018 in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa in Cuba. Eliezer is 18 years old and he has spent the past year visiting his imprisoned dad who is a political prisoner. The arrest is being called a "preventive arrest."

Eliezer Llorente is the victim of a "preventive arrest" for supporting his dad.
Last year on May 1, 2017 a lone protester exposed the repressive nature of the Castro regime in Cuba. Daniel Llorente Miranda, age 53, an independent dissident, not belonging to any organization, engaged in a seconds long run  with an American flag in front of the Castro regime's May Day gathering in the "Revolutionary Plaza" in Havana shouting "freedom for the people of Cuba." He was tackled down, beaten up and taken away by the secret police.  He's been jailed since May 1, 2017, and was charged with "public disorder and resistance."

Things took a more sinister turn when weeks later Daniel Llorente Miranda was transferred to the Comandante Dr. Bernabé Ordaz Ducungé Psychiatric Hospital better known by its pre-revolutionary name Mazorra.Using psychiatric facilities to torture dissidents is a practice that originated in the Soviet Union but was adopted early on by the revolutionary Cuban government's intelligence services.

On May Day 2018 both father and son are in prison fasting to protest the unjust imprisonment of this young man who over the past year has visited his father in prison and spoken out for him to the international media.

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