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Cuban government cracking down on Oswaldo Paya’s Movimiento Cristiano Liberación

Posted March 15, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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(Email received from Christian Liberation Movement)

According to information provided by Leader and National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement and Sakjarov Prize winner Oswaldo J. Paya Sardiñas, in the last few hours the Cuban government has launched a full scale offensive against members of their Movement. State Security agents gave ultimatums in Cuba to leaders of the Christian Liberation Movement with the acronym (MCL), telling them to stop all activities promoting the Varela Project as well as activities promoting the Liberation of the Political Prisoners of the Cuban Spring; or they will face strong retaliation from the government.

These threats take place in the midst of a brutal repression and intimidation atmosphere against leaders of the MCL, when yesterday, March 9th, Ernesto Martini, better known as (Freddy), leader of the MCL in Havana was arrested and interrogated for more than eight and later freed after being warned that if he did not abstain from his present activities, the Cuban Government will apply its repressive machinery in full force against anyone who continued with activities the State considers to be “subversive activities.” On the same note, MCL Leader Oswaldo J. Paya Sardiñas has been a subject of intimidation, his working areas has been restricted after an oxygen valve he was fixing at work accidentally exploded resulting in serious injuries to Paya’s right hand that required medical attention.

We alert the international community of this full force offensive to annihilate the Christian Liberation Movement and its leaders, for its scope and intensity is taking the shape of another crackdown, this time much more astute than the crackdown of the Spring of 2003, and we want to state for the record, that we are firm in our purpose. No threat or intimidation will stop us from continue in our demand claiming the rights that the Cuban people presented to the National Assembly of the Popular Power on May 10 of 2002, known as The Varela Project, which the Cuban Government has not complied with in violation of its current Constitutional Law.

March 10, 2007.

Francisco de Armas.
Julio A. Hernández.
International Representatives
Christian Liberation Movement


Given for diffusion to the Information Bridge Cuba Miami by the International Representatives of The Christian Liberation Movement on March 10, 2007.

Member Comments

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On March 15, 2007, publisher wrote:

Appears as though Raul is ruling with an iron fist behind the scenes and we are not going to let such actions go unnoticed. Enough is enough.

Yesterday we came out in support of this organization and now want to do what we can to get the word out.

Feel free to distribute or re-publish any text on the Havana Journal related to Oswlado Paya and his organization.

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On March 16, 2007, Pete Chavez wrote:

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Monday he would like “normal and respectful relations with the United States,”

That is a quote taken from an earlier article posted on this site.  Too bad they don’t know how to have “normal and respectful” relations with their own people.

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On March 16, 2007, publisher wrote:

Well put. Change is in the air and Perez Roque can smell it but I don’t think anyone can do anything until He is gone.

I don’t know why Raul is cracking down on dissidents. The world is not going to look at him positively if he is going to tighten the screws on dissent.

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On March 16, 2007, Pete Chavez wrote:

There will no doubt be some drama that they are going to provoke and then blow way out of proportion with the United States.  The U.S. will fall into the same old trap (either by honest naivete or deliberate cynisism) and once again a ploy for support will be staged by Cuba against the big bully to the North.  Then the smokescreen issue will become more solid than a wall of concrete and everybody will forget and in many cases excuse the Cuban regime for it’s crackdown.  Wait and see.

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On March 25, 2007, Don wrote:

Maybe they are involved in “subversive activities”. Does any one here any idea what activities they are involved in? What methods are they using. What are their goals? Are there other channels (ways and means) to use?


The USA put many dangerous cults out of business, like the KKK. In addition, just because a group takes on a Christian name does mean much.


Don

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On March 25, 2007, Don wrote:

Ok,  here is what the CLM advocate found at:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswaldo_Payá


freedom of association, freedom of expression, freedom of press, free elections, the right to operate private businesses, and amnesty for the political prisoners.


These terms are overly broad and lack clearity.

It sounds good on top, but here in the USA every one of those ideas have limits and regulations that would stager the common USA citzen. And amnisty for convicted criminals? Not a chance for that in the USA, unless you are a friend of the goveoner or the president, then they can give a pardon.


I have seen these religious groups before, they preach real good things, but in practice most horrable. Then they want marter themselves, burn themselves on the court house steps as a sacrifige to god so to speak, yeah right, then they yell religious persicution as icing on the cake.


Obviouloy, Oswaldo and the CLM are not doing some right, waiting two days before the dead line to register as a poliotical canidate? That is not very smart. He was not put in jail for getting signetures, nor for adressing the Assembly, so things just don’t add up. But Oswaldo is great food for American propoganda.


Don

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On March 25, 2007, publisher wrote:

Don,

You seem to know a lot about Cuba or at least have a lot to say about Cuba yet you don’t seem to know anything about this organization. They have been very active for many years yet you talk as though they are not known in Cuba.

Oswaldo Paya is known around the world and the Cuban government is well aware of his activities and organization.

And, where do you see that he registered as a political candidate?