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Friday, December 11, 2015

#OneBillionRising at Miami Dade College on Human Rights Day: What She Said

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel 

Berenice H González, (15) knife attacked in 2012 for defending Ladies in White.
Our purpose was to bear testament for the Cuban women who have been brutalized by a 56-year-old dictatorship in Cuba that systematically violated human rights today. Sadly, International Human Rights Day in Cuba was once again a day of crackdowns and repression against nonviolent dissenters in order to block the Ladies in White from peacefully assembling and marching for the freedom of political prisoners.

Cuban artist and libertarian Ana Olema
What she said
Hopefully after today Eve Ensler will received the message given by Libertarian activist and artist Ana Olema who spoke up for Cuban women subjected to brutal repression for having the courage to speak their mind and demand freedom. Below is Ana Olema's recollection of what took place initially posted over facebook along with video of the statement she made at the end of the gathering: 
#SayHerName THIS WAS WHAT WE DID!!! Today December 10th, "International Human Rights Day," John Suarez, Diddier Santos, Augusto  and two more activists entered into the celebration that was planned in the "Miami Dade College" for "International Human Rights Day" with "Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising Voices celebration of International Human Rights Day ".

"One Billion Rising Voices" is a movement to fight violence against women and girls. Eve Ensler is the author of "The Vagina Monologue" that we both saw in Cuba, and most of her research is focused on feminism; nevertheless Eve last October went to Cuba and made a presentation of her work there, meeting and admiring Mariela Castro without saying anything, but anything about the violence committed, systematically by the Castro STATE against women who politically oppose the regime.

The hypocrisy of the feminist movement is endless, and there we were this group of activists to introduce ourselves. Right now, at this moment, many women are being oppressed, abused, segregated, shut in their homes, left incommunicado ... we defended equality (as I said) but I refer to that of the individual ... of the individual with rights and freedoms . Because you can not be feminists and admire the great macho oppressor "Totalitarian State" or believe in that vague collectivist illusion called "Revolution."

That was our morning (before going to work, to provide our food), imploding from within, creating discomfort. It was uncomfortable, it was difficult, almost did not make it ... But at least they did not cut my arms, literally, as is done to some of them ... in honor of those who now quarrel nonviolently.
#SayHerName #FreeCubaFoundation #WeAllMarch #LibertarianCuba 
Question sent out to social media during the event
 The young woman at the top of the page, Berenice Héctor González, was knife attacked on November 4, 2012 for verbally defending The Ladies in White, a women's human rights movement. News of the attack only emerged a month later because State Security had threatened the mother that her daughter would suffer the consequences if she made the assault public. Berenice was 15 years old at the time of the assault.

What Eve Ensler didn't say publicly when she met with the Castro regime

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