Cuban media acknowledges jailed dissident’s death

Fifty years of a totally failed communist dictatorship, as all communist dictatorships are, and the stinking Cubans on the island that support the communist regime continue to talk about the “Revolution.” This so-called “revolution” is what has converted Cuba, once a prosperous nation, into third-world country status.

The man pictured below is now dead, but he died for what he believed in: freedom and justice. These are concepts that Cuban leaders, particularly Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, cancers that they are, know nothing about. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Sat Feb 27, 11:47 am ET

HAVANA – State media reported the death of a jailed, dissident hunger striker on Saturday, acknowledging four days after the fact a story that most Cubans had already heard through word of mouth.

Writing in the Communist Party daily Granma, a longtime government essayist accused opposition groups and “forces of the counterrevolution” of making a martyr out of Orlando Zapata Tamayo when he was actually a common criminal.

“Cuban mercenaries can be detained and tried according to applicable laws — in no country can you violate the law,” Enrique Ubieta Gomez wrote.

Zapata Tamayo died Tuesday after refusing solid food for weeks. Imprisoned in 2003 for disrespecting authority, he was eventually sentenced to 25 years for activism behind bars and was considered a “prisoner of conscience” internationally.

Cuba tolerates no official opposition to its single-party communist system and dismisses dissidents and political activists as paid agents of Washington, out to topple the government.

Zapata Tamayo was originally held in his native eastern Cuba before being transferred to Havana and later hospitalized just before his death.

The case sparked international outcry, and President Raul Castro took the unprecedented step of expressing public regret — but denied that Zapata Tamayo was mistreated.

In Saturday’s article, Ubieta Gomez wrote that foreign governments and international media are exploiting the death to criticize Cuba.

He voiced similar complaints on a government Web site on Thursday. However the Granma story was the first word of Zapata Tamayo’s death in the mainstream Cuban press, which is entirely state-run.

Most Cubans had already heard the news through word on the street, U.S. television broadcasts received via illegal satellite hookups or contact with family and friends overseas.

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