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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Cuban women fight for freedom

The Miami Herald reports:

Four Cuban women chanted anti-government slogans on the steps of the Capitol building in Havana in a protest that drew stunning support from passers-by, who shouted “bully” and “scoundrel” at police.
A video of the incident Tuesday also showed two passers-by who appeared to join the protest, and recorded a man branding a woman who had apparently criticized the protesters as a “chivatona” — a government snitch.
The video recorded an astonishing show of public and vocal support for the four women, in a country where passers-by normally remain impassive as feared State Security agents and pro-government mobs crack down on dissidents.
“It shows unquestionably how the Cuban people are on the side of the pro-democracy activists. No one was cheering the authorities,” said Mauricio Claver-Carone, head of the anti-Castro U.S.-Cuba Democracy political action committee

It is a remarkable sight. And what became of the four women of valor? “[Sara Marta] Fonseca and other women have been swiftly detained by police as they staged several small protests recently as members of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights and the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front for Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience.” Yes, America and its women of valor remain a source of inspiration for the world’s people.

But how does the current administration behave in an era of such bravery by the Cuban people, who do not cower in the sight of the boot of the communist regime? Oh, not a peep from the White House since American Jew Alan Gross’s appeal was denied. And, no, we haven’t tightened up on those travel rules yet. We have, in short, lost our way, even though the Cubans have not.

How has the Castro dictatorship treated our acquiescence? “Cuba’s communist government has tightened controls on dissidents in recent months, amid speculation that it is concerned about possible eruptions of street unrest as it puts in place some tough economic reforms, or a possible spread of the protests in the Middle East.” President Obama dithers; the Castro regime represses.

But not all American leaders are so dense. In my inbox yesterday, coincidentally, was this from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

This evening, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will speak at an event honoring Ambassador Armando Valladares as he launches the new edition of his book, Contra Toda Esperanza. The presentation will be held at the University of Miami’s Casa Bacardi.
Ambassador Valladares is a writer and defender of human rights. He spent 22 years as a political prisoner under Fidel Castro’s regime and has been adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. Ambassador Valladares was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council from 1988-1990.

There is nothing wrong with America foreign policy and values that an election can’t fix. Maybe the next president with stand with the women of Cuba — and Iran and China and Burma and . . .

By  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Categories:  foreign policy, Human Rights

 
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