Reply to Reflections of the Ex-president Fidel Castro

Distinguished Gentleman:

To read the 2nd part of your reflection “The last encounter with Lula” of the 1st of March, 2010, I could read one of the final paragraphs “Lula knows from many years ago, that in our country nobody is ever tortured, never is an an assassination ordered of an adversary, never are the people lied to.”  Understanding this, by the situation generated by the government of Cuba, before the death of the Prisoner of Conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo (recognized as such by Amnesty International).


In a process devoid of legal guarantees I was arrested July 22, 2005 and was punched, as were my wife Katia Sonia Martín Véliz and my two little daughters (identical twins) that hadn’t yet reached 2 years of life;  I was in prison for 15 months and 3 days, and I never appeared before a court, moreover I was denied all of of the resources presented by my defense. In my journey through the police stations, Department of Investigation at 100 and Aldabo, Pinar del Rio provincial prison and Taco-Taco Prison, San Cristobal municipality, Pinar del Rio province (in the period of May 17, 2006 to October 25, 2006) I was a witness to two (2) beatings of which Orlando Zapata Tamayo was the object, these beatings were ordered by Mayor Juan Ramon Castillo Sanchez, prison warden of Taco-Taco and with the complete knowledge of the Lieutenant Colonel Abel Santovenia Po, Provincial Director of Jails and Prisons.  On two other occasions Zapata Tamayo was chained and handcuffed for more than 12 hours.  I was a witness.  For complaining we were punched and accused by four common prisoners.

– The February 24, 2006, for reading a statement, the prisoner Ariel Hernandez Paula, a resident of Cabaña, Mariel municipality, was hit and as a consequence of this beating he suffered detached kidneys; the Warden of the the Provincial Prison of Pinar del Rio, Mayor Jesus, denied this prisoner religious assistance in the convict waiting room of the Abel Santamaria Provincial Hospital.

– Also, I bear witness to the beatings of the Prisoners of Conscience Nelson Molinet Espino and Normando Hernandez Gonzalez who were dragged in the presence of the other common prisoners, in the month of April 2006, Pinar del Rio Provincial Prison, lead by Mayor Jesus.

– While president Lula was in Havana the February 24, Yoani Sanchez was hit, in the 4th unit of the PNR of the Cerro Municipality, located at Infanta and Amenidad; Samper Boss of Section 21 dismissed her moments later with unacceptable excuses, unhappily I was also an eyewitness.

With much respect, it is touching to say that Lula does not know if in Cuba one is tortured, one is mistreated or adversaries are harassed.

To me it appears so.

Ricardo Santiago Medina Salabarria

Ex-political prisoner

March 2, 2010


Translated by: BW

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