Dissident's Death Will Put Cuba on the Spot
But the big question is how Zapata's death will play where it really counts -- inside
Finally, on Saturday, the muzzle was removed.
There are three scenarios about how Zapata's death may impact
First Scenario: If the four imprisoned hunger strikers -- plus others who have joined them outside -- continue their protest, there will be growing international pressure on
Ironically, ICRC missions are allowed into the U.S. detainee camp of Guantánamo to visit suspected terrorists, but they are not allowed into Cuban jails holding prisoners jailed because of their opinions, or for refusing to accept the regime's "ideological rehabilitation" programs for prisoners of conscience.
"His mother was a member of this diocese, and she had asked me to visit her son," the bishop said. "I made the request, but the only answer I got was a verbal statement from one official, who said the prisoner was under disciplinary conditions that did not make it possible to grant such a meeting."
Second Scenario: Zapata's death will unify
In the first case, the world didn't hear about it until "months or years later," he said. In Zapata's case, his death was reported worldwide almost immediately because his case was being followed by
"The human rights movement in
"There is a lot of discontent here, and this will lead to many more expressions of discontent."
Third Scenario: Zapata's death will soon be forgotten, like so many other Cuban human rights violations in the past.
My opinion: Zapata's death will not lead to any internal upheaval. At best, it will make it a bit harder for Latin American leaders to pose smilingly for the cameras with a military dictator with fresh blood on his hands, as they did at a
It is not. The least democratic-minded people everywhere can do is to demand loudly and clearly that
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