“If we should focus on something right now, it is precisely on political prisoners, not only those who have been in jail for months, the one hundred and fifty-odd who were there before July 11, but also those new prisoners, who are very many, that there are hundreds, that we do not even know how many there are, and that they are in prisons right now. I believe that this must be our main occupation, “the researcher and activist Anamely Ramos declared this Sunday in a direct made on her personal profile. From Facebook.
At this time, statistics from independent organizations and activists estimate that more than 560 people are deprived of their liberty for reasons associated with the anti-government protests on July 11. Before that day, the figure ranged between 150 and 160. Most of the people are awaiting trial, but it has already emerged that some cases could face sentences of up to 18 years of deprivation of liberty.
“It is true that power constantly imprisons people to try that we are in it and cannot look further. That is true, and that is also part of the history of Cuba. But I believe that it is a false truth or a half-truth to believe that we can take care of what is going to happen next month or what is going to happen next year and to think that the people who are taking care of the prisoners or the things that happen immediately are not necessary, “he added.
Ramos also explained that, although he had not broadcast live for some time, because the doctorate that he is doing in Mexico is very demanding and occupies a large part of his time, he wanted to “return to the spirit of why we entered San Isidro and we made that barracks “and remember the deep reconnection that was created between Cubans inside and outside Cuba at that time.
“We went into that house to risk our lives for a friend. There has been an enormously long road before that. I am not saying that Cuba’s freedom began there or anything like that, there are many organizations and people who had a very long path. Previous and very solid, even the San Isidro Movement (MSI) was prior to that, but what I do believe was a reconnection, even with people living outside of Cuba who no longer wanted to hear about Cuba and today we are meeting again still with those people, “said the activist.
However, he clarified that those who garrisoned at the headquarters of the MSI, in Old Havana, to demand the freedom of rapper Denis Solis, are not “basic means of anyone” and exhorted Cuban society to do more without disavowing what they do. others.
“There are people here for everything. We are millions of Cubans. The situation in Cuba, the situation of the future of Cuba, the situation of the prisoners, does not have to continue to fall on one hundred and so many people. There are people for everything,” he said. .
Subsequently, the researcher highlighted that the deep reconnection that was experienced when the barracks on Damas Street is that “it is necessary to put these prisoners in function, in function of those mothers, in function of all those people who are in danger today, because they are still in Cuba and are trying to carry out social initiatives of any kind. ”
Ramos also expressed concern about the case of the artist Luis Manuel Otero, leader of the MSI, who today has been holding a hunger strike in prison for two weeks to demand the release of political prisoners and without communication with his family.
“Luis Manuel’s situation is serious due to the uncertainty surrounding Luis Manuel. Luis Manuel has not called for more than two weeks, Claudia (Genlui) has not heard his voice,” he added.
According to Ramos, that same uncertainty weighs on the families of rapper Maykel Castillo (Maykel Osorbo) and activist Esteban Rodríguez, who have been deprived of liberty for more than five months without having been brought to trial. “The power does not know what to do with them”, considered the young woman.
Regarding the possibility of Castillo and Otero leaving Cuba definitively in exchange for their release from prison, he specified that, although State Security has put that proposal on the table, both refused to accept.
“No one here is talking about Luis Manuel and Maykel disengaging from Cuba, although they could do so because they are free people and have every right to decide what they are going to do with their lives, however, neither Luis Manuel nor Maykel could living outside of Cuba. Maykel is a being not only from Cuba but a being from Old Havana. That is his air, his life, his blood, many people are like that, many people are deeply linked to Cuba, long before the question politics, is that it is a human question, a deep emotional question, the root, the real root of many people, “he argued.
The human rights defender insisted that, despite the fact that “we all wish they were free” and Maykel Castillo sang at the Grammy Awards ceremony, leaving Cuba is not a real possibility for them, just as it is not for her, although at the moment he is studying a doctorate in Mexico.
“I have said it many times: I am going to return to Cuba, at some point I will. I do not know what will happen but at some point I will. as characters in a soap opera of which we do not know the end, and it is not like that, “he said.
Anamely Ramos highlighted the fact that activists are, above all, human beings with feelings and responsibilities towards other human beings, but first with themselves and what they are. “Basically we are people who want Cuba to change so that it can also change our lives, to change lives for others, and basically we are people who decide one day to put ourselves at risk for a friend. And even today we are putting ourselves at risk for others. friends. So I want to ask respect for that, “he added.
On the other hand, he encouraged his followers to understand political prisoners and their families not only as victims of the Castro regime but also as social agents of change. “Their families are important, they are not imprisoned, they are on the street, and we must count on them for now and the future,” he said.
In the same way, he called on each person to contribute to the cause for the freedom of Cuba from their possibilities and sensibilities, without underestimating or disrespecting the forms of struggle of each one, and vindicated the use of poetry by the members of the MSI to raise awareness in society, mobilize and promote transformations.
At another point in the broadcast, the art historian and activist Carolina Barrero, who has been in arbitrary house arrest in her home for about 160 days, connected from Havana and delved into the importance of poetic language and solidarity, not only as a human value but also as a catalyst for events.
“What could be more revolutionary than the act of reading poetry. Poetry itself has the ability to subvert plain language. And this is also a struggle against language itself, the official language, against the language of that Soviet communism and orthodox that in some way has also colonized thought and the way we understand reality. What could be more dissident than poetic language itself? “asked Barrero.