Friday, February 24, 2012

Where were you the day Orlando Zapata died?

The Toronto, Canada based punk rock band I Had A Dream, I.H.A.D. formed in 2010 asks tourists in their song titled Orlando Zapata: "Where were you the day Orlando Zapata died?"  Below is a live performance of the song first posted at Babalu blog.



Full lyrics reproduced below:

Orlando Zapata 

Children of the revolution can you answer this question:
Where were you the day Orlando Zapata died?

Same ask for the tourist crowd who don't listen to what screams out loud.
Did you enjoy your drinks? are you self satisfied?

I get the resistance stuff but why does that repressive regime get a free ride?

Oh, do you know how Orlando Zapata died?

Do you believe in evolution or systemic dysfunction? They sent him to prison for wanting human rights.
Charged with disobedience for political expedience that callous clique ignored this poor man's hunger strike.

I get the resistance stuff but why does that repressive regime get a free ride?

Oh, do you know how Orlando Zapata died?

Oh Orlando Zapata Tamayo couldn't let your spirit hide sorry friend for our privileged pride.

I get the resistance stuff but why does that repressive regime get a free ride?

Oh, do you know how Orlando Zapata died?

Copyright © 2010 I.H.A.D.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Call to Take Actions for Wilman Villar Mendoza, Orlando Zapata & Brothers to the Rescue Martyrs

Two important dates are approaching: Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24


Sixteen years ago on February 24, 1996 at 3:21pm and at 3:27pm two Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down with air to air missiles in international airspace extra-judicially executing Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña, and Armando Alejandre Jr in an act of state terrorism.



Two years ago on February 23, 2010 at 3:00pm Cuban prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo died (or was extra-judicially executed) after 83 days on a water-only hunger strike.  During the strike prison officials denied him water contributing to his death which constitute both torture and murder.




One month ago on January 19, 2012  Wilman Villar Mendoza was unjustly imprisoned and then allowed to die by the Castro regime because he was not known internationally. Wilman was 31 years old and a member of the human rights group UNPACU (Union Patriotica de Cuba). He began a hunger strike in Aguadores Prison on November 25, 2011 to protest his unjust incarceration and to demand his freedom. Amnesty International had declared him a prisoner of conscience and holds the Cuban regime responsible for his death.



The Free Cuba Foundation calls on people of good will to join us in fasting and prayer for Wilman Villar Mendoza, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr. on February 23 and to then organize vigils and moments of silence between the times when both Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down at  3:21pm and 3:28pm on February 24.



Now we are announcing activities taking place in Miami, Florida and invite you to send us news about actions that you are carrying out around the world. Please come back to this page. We will be adding photos and images that you can use for your own event(s).

February 23

3:00pm 24 Hour Fast for Wilman Villar Mendoza and Orlando Zapata Tamayo
             Location: Francisco Human Rights Park
             9445 SW 24 Street (Brothers to the Rescue Martyrs Blvd)
             Miami, FL



Raúl Arencibia Fajardo ex-preso de conciencia anuncia un ayuno de 24 horas para recordar a Orlando Zapata Tamayo el pasado 23 de febrero comenzando a las 3:00 de la tarde.



Free Cuba Foundation coordinator Neri Martinez announced a worldwide 24 hour vigil last year for Orlando Zapata Tamayo on February 23, 2011. Orlando Zapata Tamayo died two years ago on February 23, 2010 at 3:00pm after 83 days on hunger strike during which prison officials denied him water and contributed to his death. We shall be doing it again this year and tragically adding the name of  Wilman Villar Mendoza.

February 24

3:00pm Silent Vigil for Justice
Location: Main Fountain Florida International University
11200 South West 8th Street, Miami, FL



Vigil will be at the main fountain at Florida International University between 3:21pm and 3:28pm the times that two Brothers to the Rescue planes were destroyed by air-to-air missiles fired by Cuban MiGs as they flew through international airspace searching for rafters. Family members and friends of  Wilman Villar Mendoza, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr. will be there in spirit. This event is for FIU students and members of the FIU Community and has been held annually since 1996.



Families of Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña and Armando Alejandre Jr. will be holding a special Mass on Friday, February 24th at 7:30pm on 16th anniversary of the shoot down. Below is the statement that they have released.


You are cordially invited to a

Eucharistic celebration
In memory of
 

Carlos, Armando, Mario & Pablo

 

Friday, February 24, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

 

St. Brendan Catholic Church

8725 SW 32nd Street
Miami, Florida  33165
 
Celebrant:  Rev. Fernando Heria
 
Armando, Carlos, Mario & Pablo were volunteers flying a humanitarian search and rescue mission for rafters fleeing Cuba.  On Feb. 24, 1996 they were shot down by Cuban war planes over international waters in the Florida Straits.