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Tweet by Tweet, censorship cracks in #Cuba

Twitter’s “blue bird” perched over Cuba. Taken from internet.

Each day, there are more Cubans who, through the “internet without internet”, use Twitter to narrate the real Cuba and to shatter censorship. They are dissidents, bloggers, intellectuals, farmers…Cubans hailing from diverse corners of the country. It’s difficult for them to send out these messages, considering that it costs 1 dollar (an elevated amount for Cubans), and yet, they still do it.

The following are a couple of follow recommendations of new or recent Twitter users, straight from the island:

Maydelis González Almeida

@maydeliscuba1

Resident of Quemado de Guines, Villa Clara, member of the Cuban Reflection Movement. She and her family are constantly persecuted by the political police but they continue defying the dictatorship out in the streets.

Carlos Michael Morales

@CarlosMCuba

An independent journalist and alternative blogger (‘El Amante de la Libertad’), Carlos Michael is also a member of the Central Opposition Coalition. He has used his account to denounce cases of political repression, social issues and achievements by pro-freedom activists.

Isael Poveda Silva

@IsaelCuba

Member of the Eastern Democratic Alliance and of their information agency ADO-Press, Isael Poveda tweets from Guantanamo, narrating the reality of that Eastern region: cholera outbreaks, signs which appear in public with anti-regime messages, public marches, evictions, and more.

Santa Gonzalez Pedroso

@santacuba1

A very brave Cuban woman, member of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights, she carries out frequent public protests alongside other dissidents in Grua Nueva, Ciego de Avila. Santa Gonzalez does an excellent job on Twitter denouncing human rights violations in that area and documenting the growing level of opposition.

Eliecer Palma

@eliecerpalma1

Tweeting from San German, Holguin, Eliecer just opened his account, promising important news from the Cuba ignored by the state media. Palma has been reporting important social issues, like a recent massive strike by carriage drivers in San German.

Yanisbel Valido Perez

@YanisbelValido

One of the most active young dissidents in the city of Santa Clara, Villa Clara province. Valido Perez is the representative of the Cuban Rafters without Frontiers Movement and member of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights. She is frequently arrested by the political police but does not stop carrying out public activities in favor of freedom, nor does she stop informing about them on her account.

These were just some of the new Twitter users from Cuba. Everyday there are more. Give them a follow!

Dictatorships can’t do away with Faith (Tweet of the Day)

Saint Lazaro. Photo taken from “El Nuevo Herald”

To once again start up the “Tweet of the Day” feature on this blog, this post highlights a message published on the morning of this Monday, December 17th, (the day of one of Cuba’s most venerated saints- Saint Lazaro) by Rosa Maria Paya, daughter of recently deceased dissident leader Oswaldo Paya.  In her Tweet, Rosa Maria emphasizes the power of faith.  It is a power which cannot be cracked or disappeared by any type of ideology or government.

English Translation:

  “Today, thousands of Cubans are on a pilgrimage to Saint Lazaro with their prayers.  It is a faith which no ideology can destroy, despite how much they may try. #Cuba”

In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.

Tweet of the Day

Ivan Hernandez Carrillo and his mother, Asuncion Carrillo

Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from independent journalist and former political prisoner Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, after being interrogated by the political police for various hours along with his elderly mother, the Lady in White Asuncion Carrillo.  Ivan and Asuncion were traveling from their province of residence, Matanzas, to Havana with the purpose of participating in an event to which they were invited to by the US Interests Section to celebrate the 4th of July, American independence day.  From the moment they set out from their town of Colon to the capital, various police agents were persecuting them, walking behind them and watching their every move. When they tried to board a vehicle, the agents told the driver he could not take them, so he drove away. After a while, Ivan and his mother were able to board a national bus but the police agents followed them in.    Throughout the ride, the police agents were photographing the activist and his mother, as well as mocking them.  Eventually, things culminated in an interrogation/detention after the bus ride, where the agents even openly admitted that they tap Ivan’s phone conversations.

One of Ivan’s responses after being released was the following Tweet:

[Translation]When we Cubans achieve freedom, we will never celebrate January 1st .  That day will be remembered with gloom in our nation.

(Note: January 1st 1959 was when Fidel Castro seized power and installed the dictatorship which still stands today.  Castro declared the date a national “holiday”)

Follow Ivan on Twitter! @ivanlibre

Tweet of the Day

Today, June 20th, the Tweet of the Day comes from ex political prisoner from the group of the 75, Angel Moya Acosta.  He brings us this positive message:

[Translation]:  “Wherever there is a Cuban, what is important is to free Cuba from Communism” 

Follow Moya Acosta on Twitter! @jangelmoya

In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.


#FestivalCLIC: An Event to Shatter Censorship

The independent Cuban projects, “Estado de SATS” and the “Blogger Academy”, along with the technological Spanish organization known as “EBE” have been announcing the ‘Festival CLIC’ (or “Click Festival”), an event which has been organized and convoked by independent journalists, bloggers and artists (in sum, citizens from Cuban civil society) where they will talk and debate about new technologies like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs.  The event will kick off on Thursday, June 21st at 9 AM and will end on Saturday the 23rd.  It is being held in Miramar, 1st Street #4606, 46th and 60th Block on Playa, in the city of Havana.

One of the main promoters of the informational event has been blogger Yoani Sanchez who has been using her Twitter account (@yoanisanchez) to share details about the program schedule which has been organized for the festival, which will include sessions to the likes of “Notes for a Future Cuba with Rights for the Cuban Internet User”, “Digital Publications in Today’s Cuba”, “Music and Audio-Visual Production in the Web 2.0 Era”, and a workshop to teach students how to write on the web through blogs or Twitter, among many other conferences and workshops.

Sanchez has also said on numerous occasions and interviews that the Click Festival is open to all Cuban citizens, despite whether they are public dissidents and/or human rights activists or even the very own state bloggers and journalists.

Meanwhile, the Festival has launched its own Twitter account under the username @FestivalCLIC.  In one of the messages published on this account, they reiterate Yoani Sanchez’s declarations, affirming that “everyone is invited to the #FestivalCLIC…come meet the person behind the  @ symbol, the human being touching the keys”.

In addition, one could visit  their web page, where there are more details about the festival, including an announcement of a contest in which one Cuban will be awarded a 100 peso phone recharge for the most creative Twitter messages while using the hashtag #FestivalCLIC.

This is the first time an event of this style- completely independent from State control- takes place in Cuba, considering that on the island the level of internet access is one of the lowest in the world, due to the harsh censorship tactics applied by the regime.  Independent journalists and alternative bloggers often rely on friends abroad to help them publish their work on their blogs or digital journals, precisely because of this censorship.

According to the schedule of events published on the website, the festival will conclude on Saturday, at 4 PM with a concert and farewell gathering.

Join the Festival and the movement for free internet access for all Cubans! Tweet with the hashtag #FestivalCLIC. 

Tweet of the Day

Today we share a Tweet which has been published from the province of Matanzas, Cuba by Sayli Navarro, daughter of former political prisoner Felix Navarro and independent journalist in her own right.  In this Tweet, Sayli sends out a message oh hope for Cuba:

[TRANSLATION]

@SayliNavarro: Some day, not too far, my #Cuba will be free.  Today, I feel so much pain upon seeing my island enslaved for so many years.  Let us rescue our rights

Follow Sayli Navarro, with important news from Matanzas and other areas of Cuba, through Twitter at @SayliNavarro!

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In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.


Tweet of the Day

Today, the “Tweet” comes from former political prisoner and national coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia.  The dissident published a message from the current political prisoner Bismark Mustelier Galan who has been behind bars in the Aguadores Prison of Santiago de Cuba since April 1st, just for demanding that a minor be treated medically in a hospital, considering that the child was suffering from various ailments and was not being tended to.

[TRANSLATION] @jdanielferrer: Bismark Mustelier with his spirit high in the air, always exhorting his brothers from the opposition to continue firm in the struggle for freedom

Follow José Daniel Ferrer García on Twitter, reporting constant news from the Eastern region of the island: @jdanielferrer

In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.

Tweet of the Day

Today’s “Tweet” comes from photographer, writer and blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and is in reference to the meeting between Cardinal Jaime Ortega and some of the Ladies in White, which took place this thursday 7th of June in Havana:

[TRANSLATION] @OLPL: I’d Wish that the Cardinal would invite the Ladies in White, but to the State Council, to end with so much official intolerance which has been accumulated for decades!

Follow Orlando on Twitter: @OLPL

In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.

Tweet of the Day

Starting with the following post, this blog will point out a Twitter message by a Cuban living on the island each day.  Today’s Tweet comes from former political prisoner from the group of the 75, Ivan Hernandez Carrillo.  In addition to being an independent journalist, Ivan is an independent unionist and lives in Colon, Matanzas.

[TRANSLATION] @Ivanlibre: #Cuba My opinion, dictated by no-one, I am willing to repeat it in any media outlet of the totalitarian system: “Radio Rebelde”, “Mesa Redonda”, etc.

Follow Ivan on Twitter! Search for him: @ivanlibre

In the vast majority of cases, Twitter is used freely and frequently throughout the world by all sorts of users.  It is a message which is instantaneously published on the internet (which is limited to 140 characters) and deals with any subject which the user wishes to discuss, whether it be social, entertainment, humor, science, politics, commentary, etc.  In Cuba, Twitter messages cost users 1 CUC (national currency) each and are only possible through phone text messages, unless the user has access to the internet (a rare Case in Cuba, considering the tight state censorship practiced over the web).  In many cases, friends who have joined in solidarity in the exterior of the island help these Twitter users to publish their messages.  


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