New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 3:58 pm
Cuban Documentary
The creator of “Political Prisoners in Cuba. Avatars of the family” documented testimonies of relavites of Cuban dissidents. (24Horas)

EspañolA short documentary was shown this Thursday in Miami to raise awareness of struggles of the residents on neighboring Cuba.

The 29-minute “Political Prisoners in Cuba, Avatars of the Family,” directed by Orlando Rodríguez Lobaina, aimed to highlight and denounce the isolation and social exclusion of Cuban dissidents often suffering and in prison on the island. are prisoners on the island suffer from.

The filmmaker said all the cases shown in the film come down to a common denominator: the nightmare suffered by a family when one of its members is arrested by the Cuban regime.

The documentary was presented at Casa Bacardi/Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, where Rodríguez spoke about his own experience as a former political prisoner and how it has made him a “nuissance” for the regime.

“I have been in the struggle for 20 years and my son, who is nine years old, has a file at school that says his father opposes the regime. They say I’m the worst and sow the seed of hatred,” the filmmaker said. “Not only is the dissident arrested, but  the family suffers, as they have to live under permanent offenses, attacks and exclusion from their neighbors.”


The movie shows young wives, mothers, children and relatives of arrested Cuban dissidents. The interviewees talk about their experiences, as well as the abuse they suffer, such as having eggs  stones and pig feces thrown at them.

According to Rodríguez, all these acts of harassment and intimidation are a “powerful repressive machinery of the regime that buys parties and signatures in the international context while silencing the abuses it perpetrates against opponents of the Castro regime.”

Source: Cubanet

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Peru Backs OAS Democratic Charter Effort to Sanction Venezuelan Regime

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:59 pm
Peru has called for diplomatic pressure to be applied to Venezuela over Nicolas Maduro's increasing authoritarianism (

Español The Peruvian government has stated that it believes that the Inter-American Democratic Charter should be invoked so that the Organization of American States (OAS) can address the crisis affecting Venezuela, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said Thursday. Luna indicated that his country considers that in Venezuela there has been an alteration of the democratic order due to the non-existent separation of powers. He also said that this situation allows the executive branch to block the functioning of the National Assembly, thereby breaking the rule of law. Read More: Maduro Claims Peruvian President Advocates for US Military Intervention in Venezuela Read More: President of Peru Backs Venezuelan Opposition's Push to Oust Maduro "Invoking this letter does not mean suspending and isolating a country, but using the various options it offers to engage in solving the problem," said the official. The diplomat believes that it is necessary to contribute to overcoming the political crisis in Venezuela and thus prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, and believes that "effective steps" must be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Democratic Charter. Parallel to the process of papal dialogue and mediation that takes place, the countries that make up the OAS should play a role that is effective in activating the Democratic Charter and not falling into initiatives that are inappropriate, said the Peruvian foreign minister. Last Wednesday, Luna said during a visit to Chile, that they should not "advance positions such as those suggested by the Secretary General of the OAS" Luis Almagro regarding the situation in Venezuela. Almagro's request was for Venezuela's suspension from the Inter-American body as a means of putting pressure on Nicolás Maduro to call for regional elections. Thus far, all attempts at dialogue between Maduro and the opposition have been failures. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "To reach a situation that represents the will of OAS member countries requires consultations, and we can not anticipate a position such as that which was called for by the secretary general until such consultations are conducted," said the Peruvian official. Relations between Peru and Venezuela are currently at a critical point as the Peruvian government has announced that it will send a note of protest and will recall its ambassador in Caracas due to some "insolent expressions" made by Maduro against Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski (PPK). Nicolás Maduro and his Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, criticized the statements of the Peruvian leader who stated that the United States does not worry about Latin America since it is like a sleeping dog that doesn't bother anyone, with the exception of Venezuela. "It's like a nice dog that is sleeping on the carpet and does not generate any problems but in the case of Venezuela, it represents a big problem," said Kuczynski. To which Rodríguez later responded by saying that the Peruvian president "is the only nice dog that wags his tail to the whims of the empire. Just like another puppy that supported the empire and now is in the OAS," said the Venezuelan foreign minister, referencing PPK and Almagro. Source: El Nuevo Herald

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