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Posted February 14, 2007 by Cubana in Cuba Human Rights

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Cuba Detains Teenage Stepdaughter Of Christian Pastor

8.2.07

HAVANA, CUBA — Cuban authorities detained the 13-year-old stepdaughter of Delmides Fidalgo Lopez, a Christian pastor and president of the evangelical group Christian Movement of Cuba, dissidents and Cuban exiles said Thursday, February 8.

Leyani Dominguez Velasquez was detained Monday, February 5, for the second time in less than one week by “political police” in the town of Buenaventura in Holguin province, said the Cuban Democratic Directorate (CDD), a pro-democracy group.

“The arrests are part of a repressive campaign against her stepfather” because of his activities as pastor and the Christian Movement of Cuba, CDD added in a statement to BosNewsLife.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, a blind lawyer and president of the Cuban Human Rights Foundation, said in a statement that “a State Security official and another agent who is in charge of minors in Buenaventura locked her up in the administration office” of the Buenaventura Secondary School, which she attends.

ONE-HOUR INTERROGATION

During the “one-hour interrogation” officials allegedly tried to force the girl to accuses her stepfather of molesting her. They “threatened to transport her to Havana to put her through a lie detector test if she did not acquiesce,” Gonzalez Leiva explained.

The officials reportedly demanded information about Fidalgo Lopez’ pro-democratic and independent Christian activities. In remarks obtained by BosNewsLife, independent journalist Tania Maceda Guerra said the girl was earlier detained on February 2 by a captain of what is known as the National Revolutionary Police, on her way home from school.

“The captain threatened her and used methods of psychological terror and coercion to force her to speak,” about her stepfather, the journalist said. “He told her that she would be arrested if she did not inform him about the trip her stepfather wants to make to Havana and his ‘counter-revolutionary’ activities”. In addition officials allegedly threatened to take the girl “to a juvenile prison, and they said her step-father would be jailed in a maximum security prison.”

An hour later, Leyani was set free and “began to shout desperately,” CDD said, quoting its contacts. Pastor Delmides Fidalgo Lopez founded the Christian Movement of Cuba in December 2005.

PREACHING CHRISTIANS

The group of pastors and other Christians is dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Christ independently from the State.
It also collaborates with the Cuban Human Rights Foundation and denounces alleged human rights violations in Cuba, including ongoing detentions of at least scores of pro-democracy activists, including Christians.
The frail Cuban leader Fidel Castro has denied human rights abuses and the existence of “dissidents.” He has described pro-democracy activists as “mercenaries of the United States.”
The Cuban government has sought to reassure Cubans about Castro’s health after intestinal surgery forced him to temporarily cede power for the first time in 47 years, saying his health is stable and the defense of the Communist-run island guaranteed.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 14, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    My, what a nice story.  They should publish this heartwarming story in their tourist pamphlets.  Now who says this is a great country headed by a great leader/government?  I ask because I would love to see which Fidel groupie is now going to say this article is a falsehood or somehow make it a justifiable act due to U.S. aggression.  Anyway, poor girl, she was born in Cuba.


  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 14, 2007 by Cuban American

    Not something new, Castro has always been against religious tolerance.  The funny thing is you won’t every see a story like this land on the page of those far left publications we have over here in the US.  However, they will show people parading for his birthday…. funny.  Anyways like Pete Chavez said, I would love to see someone try to defend ¡la revolucion! in this article.  Lack of human rights is never justifiable… and if you try to defend that then you don’t deserve to live in this country.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 15, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    I don’t think anyone would defend the lack of human rights as described in the article.  I do, however, wonder about certain things.  There are many Christian pastors in Cuba who are not being harassed this way, so why Fidalgo Lopez?  What other activities (not mentioned in the article) is he engaged in?  I’m sure there are many people out there who would readily pass judgment based on this very limited article, but more a reasoning individual who is honestly interested in finding the TRUTH would ask more questions before assuming the complete innocence of the “Christian Pastor”. 

    And if the term “Christian Movement” is supposed to make the activities of Fidalgo Lopez sound like’s he’s doing the work of Christ, it fails to resonate with me.  It’s a term that essentially means nothing.  Just like “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, which has now been unmasked for what it really was:  an occupation and a quest for oil that has resulted in the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and the destruction of an entire country.  Sorry, but “Christian Movement” implies nothing, nor should it for anyone seriously wanting to get to the core of what is really happening with Fidalgo Lopez.

    I am not accusing him of wrong-doing, nor am I saying the article is comprised of lies.  What I AM saying is that there are no substantial facts whatsoever, nor are there enough details, to warrant any thinking, reasoning person to conclude that Mr. Fidalgo Lopez is another Nelson Mandela.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on February 15, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    “There are many Christian pastors in Cuba who are not being harassed this way, so why Fidalgo Lopez?”

    Maybe the other Christian pastors do not dissent, did that ever occur to you?
    Anyway, who cares about the word Christian? or Pastor?
    I know I don’t!  In this country they too from time to time seem to have trouble understanding basic civil rights as does the Castro regime.
    Who cares about Fidalgo Lopez?  I know I don’t know what the truth about him really is, but he is an adult and if he made a conscious decision to dissent publicly, he had to have known that it would come at great risk to his health and freedom (as free as you can be in Cuba, anyway).  Who cares about Delmides Fidalgo Lopez his 13 year old stepdaughter?  I DO, FURIUOSLY!!! You tell me in what decent society a 13 year old girl would have to endure what she has had to endure.  Remember, she is in her own country, with her own government that is suppose to protect her as a citizen and more importantly as a child!  And they do all of this to her and for what,
    for something that her step parent has allegedley done? That of which I might remind,  according to you MiamiCuban, is ALLEGED.


    “I’m sure there are many people out there who would readily pass judgment based on this very limited article, but more a reasoning individual who is honestly interested in finding the TRUTH would ask more questions before assuming the complete innocence of the “Christian Pastor”.”

    MiamiCuban,
    Yeah the truth is he has a nuclear bomb in his “Bohio” in his back yard where he plays Dominoes with his friends on Sunday. LOL
    And I just love how you assume the complete innocence of the Castro regime.  You need to swallow your own medicine and in heavy doses.  As matter of fact help yourself to a heavy dose of reasoning.  We no nothing about this Pastor except what we’ve learned in this article.  Yet we all are well aware of what life in Cuba is like under Castro plus we have a sea of corroberated well documented human rights abuses dating back to the onset of the Regime.  Yet somehow this must be the first time (EVER!) there has been an article reporting human rights abuses in Cuba, so we therefore don’t know who or what to believe?  MiamiCuban, is that the kind of reasoning your asking us to ascribe to???


    “I am not accusing him of wrong-doing, nor am I saying the article is comprised of lies.  What I AM saying is that there are no substantial facts whatsoever, nor are there enough details, to warrant any thinking, reasoning person to conclude that Mr. Fidalgo Lopez is another Nelson Mandela”

    MiamiCuban,
    If the pastor peacefully engaged in the overthrow of Communism and oppression in his land, more power to him!  He is in fact more like a Mandela or Ghandi.  Fidel is no Ghandi or Mandela he overthrew Fascist Dictatorship with rifles, militias, armed combat and paredones.  And what did we get out of it?  NOTHING, we went from Guatemala to Guatepeor!
    And I couldn’t agree with you more.  So if there are no substantial facts of lets say terrorism, then what on Earth could he be guilty of?  Oh, maybe spying for the U.S.  and I am sure that is Ok with you.  Since you think it is fine for the Cuban five to do so here in the states (and get off scott free,by the way).  And in answer to the generel theory of your post which I find to be an obviuos smokescreen to not address the real issue.  I am astounded at how the focus is in how labeling is used to imply piousness or freedom (ie chiritian movement, operation Iraqi freedom), when in fact it really is some nefarious activity that is being purpetrated.  Shame on you for that if you think that is what this is about.  I guess you’ve never had to look a political prisoner or a little girl like Delmides Fidalgo Lopez in the eye.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on February 15, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Cuban American,
    I’ll tell you why you won’t every see a story like this land on the page of those far left publications we have over here in the US.  Take a read at CubanAmericans brilliant post.  That is pricisely the prototype person and what goes on in the mind of that person that reads an article like this.  They never address the crime, they always address the terrible U.S. and the terrible right.  Then they devise a theory that miraculously puts blame either on the victim or elements completely outstide the country (usually the U.S.).  Although to CubanAmericans credit I suspect he’s just motivated to rebel against his parents or grandparents (or whatever elders are in his family).  Cuba is just a pawn for him.  On one too many occassions he’s posted his complaints about his elders being a part of the “Miami Gang” mentality.  Just makes ya wonder.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on February 15, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Pete, it’s people like you who take the joy out of honest debate.  You seem to be more intolerant than the communist regimes you criticize.

    Publisher, I’ve enjoyed your articles as well as debating with most of the others who comment in a respectable fashion, even if their opinions differ.  With Pete Chavez, I try to ignore him for the most part, but, frankly, I find him draining.

    I’ll try posting again at a later time when you have a new caliber of bloggers.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on February 15, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Miami Cuban,

    Thanks for your post. I looked over Pete’s comments from above and they seem to be on topic for the most part. He has wandered off topic and I have posted for all to read that I want to keep comments on topic.

    So, don’t go too far MiamiCuban, more good features coming to the Havana Journal.

    I will be posting to the Announcement Board soon, hopefully today (post will show up on home page) with details of what we have been working on behind the scenes.



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on February 15, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    Dear MiamiCuban,
    I try to analyze every part of a persons perspective in my posts.  Sorry that you don’t think I am entitled to have an opinion by virtue of your bellyaching to Publisher.  And I am sorry that I have pushed a button or two in you.  I on the other hand, wish you would continue to post as I find I can always learn something from views that are so contrary to mine and in some cases I am even able to gain a new perspective on views that I find insane, repulsive and riddled with some other underlying agenda .  Age and experience shows one to keep an open mind.  Don’t be a baby, be a sport.  And I am sorry if my viewpoint has offended you.
    Good Luck!


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