Meaningful tourists meangingfully touring La Cabana and meaningfully learning that it’s quite a picturesque site for last years Havana Book Fair….Oh! and their tour guides DID mention it was an old Spanish fortress!
Freedom Fighter Tito Rodriguez Oltmans, who from his window in La Cabana watched Castro’s firing squads murder hundreds of his Band-of-Brothers, reminds us of some unsettling (and nowadays easily overlooked) items:
These Cuban patriots don’t have cell-phones, and are not allowed the slightest communication with the exterior world. Their family visits are greatly restricted. They don’t have twitter accounts, or access to the internet. They don’t speak on Radio Marti. They’re usually hungry and sick with no medical attention. They’re Cuban combatants not dissidents.
Among the ones suffering horribly in Castro’s torture chambers as I type:
Armando Sosa Fortuny.
Humberto Eladio Real Suarez
Lázaro González Carballo
Jesús Manuel Rojas Pineda
Pedro Guisao Peña
José Ramón Falcón Gómez.
Miguel Díaz Bauza
Daniel Santovenia Fernández
Pedro Álvarez Pedroso.
(Consequently, no photos are available of these Cubans pecking at their lap-tops and yapping on their cell phones )