We Cannot Forget Wilman Villar Mendoza

If we begin counting from 1959, the victims of the Castro dictatorship in Cuba are innumerable.  Today, January 19th, another name is added to the list of innocent- but very brave- Cubans who have lost their lives while struggling to achieve freedom for the entire island.  Wilman Villar Mendoza.

The dissident was only 31 years old.  He died around 6 pm in the Juan Bruno Zayas Hospital of Santiago de Cuba after carrying out a hunger strike which lasted more than 50 days.  I have heard various people say that a hunger strike is a form of suicide, but I do not believe that.  The only one at fault for his death is the dictatorship.  It was that same dictatorship which arrested Mendoza during November of 2011 when he, along with other activists, peacefully marched down the streets of Contramaestre demanding freedom.  And it was that same dictatorship which paid no attention to Wilman’s just demands to be liberated, which led to his hunger strike.  No, it is not suicide.  It is an assassination.

I did not know Wilman Villar Mendoza personally, but when a person puts their own life at risk for the well being of others, and in this case, for the freedom of an entire nation, then that says a lot about a person.  The young Cuban, who leaves behind a wife and two young children, joins the list of so many executed, tortured, and beaten men and women, and also of many who have lost their lives on hunger strike as well.  He is another Orlando Zapata Tamayo, another Pedro Luis Boitel- two Cubans who, although living in different generations, fought for the same exact cause and died the same way, in horrid conditions but with honor.

We cannot forget Wilman.  In fact, his example- like the example of Boitel, Zapata, Soto Garcia and Laura Pollan- will give us more strength to keep fighting for a free Cuba from wherever we are.

And let us not forget his family.  His wife has not even been able to see his body as of Thursday night.  And we must keep a close watch  on the news coming from the island, for the regime always responds with violence against dissidents after publishing news such as this.

We cannot allow even one more.  Wilman Mendoza LIVES!

We Cannot Forget Wilman Villar Mendoza

9 thoughts on “We Cannot Forget Wilman Villar Mendoza

  1. […] Pedazos de la Isla explained why Wilman Villar Mendoza must not be forgotten: I have heard various people say that a hunger strike is a form of suicide, but I do not believe that. The only one at fault for his death is the dictatorship. It was that same dictatorship which arrested Mendoza during November of 2011 when he, along with other activists, peacefully marched down the streets of Contramaestre demanding freedom. And it was that same dictatorship which paid no attention to Wilman’s just demands to be liberated, which led to his hunger strike. […]

  2. […] Pedazos de la Isla [en] legde uit waarom Wilman Villar Mendoza niet vergeten mag worden: Ik hoorde verschillende mensen zeggen dat hongerstaking een vorm van zelfmoord is, maar dat geloof ik niet. De enige die schuld heeft aan zijn dood, is de Cubaanse dictatuur. Het was diezelfde dictatuur die Mendoza arresteerde in november 2011, toen hij samen met andere activisten vreedzaam door de straten van Contramaestre marcheerde om vrijheid te eisen. En het was diezelfde dictatuur die geen aandacht besteedde aan Wilmans gegronde eis tot vrijlating, die leidde tot zijn hongerstaking. […]

  3. […] Pedazos de la Isla forklarede, hvorfor Villar Mendoza ikke må blive glemt: I have heard various people say that a hunger strike is a form of suicide, but I do not believe that. The only one at fault for his death is the dictatorship. It was that same dictatorship which arrested Mendoza during November of 2011 when he, along with other activists, peacefully marched down the streets of Contramaestre demanding freedom. And it was that same dictatorship which paid no attention to Wilman’s just demands to be liberated, which led to his hunger strike. […]

  4. […] Το blog Pedazos de la Isla εξήγησε γιατί δεν πρέπει να ξεχαστεί ο Wilman Villar Mendoza [en]: Έχω ακούσει πολύ κόσμο να λέει πως η απεργία πείνας είναι μια μορφή αυτοκτονίας, αλλά δεν το πιστεύω. Ο μόνος που ευθύνεται για το θάνατό του είναι η δικτατορία. Η ίδια δικτατορία που τον συνέλαβε το Νοέμβριο του 2011, όταν μαζί με άλλους ακτιβιστές βρισκόταν σε ειρηνική πορεία απαιτώντας ελευθερία, στους δρόμους της Contramaestre. Η ίδια δικτατορία που αγνόησε τα δίκαια αιτήματα του Wilman για αποφυλάκισή του, κάτι που οδήγησε στην απεργία πείνας. […]

  5. […] 岛屿的碎片(Pedazos de la Isla ES,一个私人博客,博主由博文的方式,发表了许多古巴人的故事,在揭露卡斯特罗政权的不公之处之时也同时关注了古巴的文化,艺术,音乐等方面)解释了为何Mendoza一定不能被忘记: 我曾听很多人说绝食抗议是自杀的一种,但是我不这么认为。他Mendoza的死完全是独裁制度的错。正是这个独裁制度在2011年11月逮捕了 Mendoza,在他连同其它活动分子在Contramaestre(古巴圣地亚哥省的一个自治市)的街道上和平地游行要求自由的时候。正是这个独裁制度 无视WilmanMendoza提出的被释放的合理要求,也导致了他的绝食抗议。 我没有和Mendoza亲身交谈过,但是当一个人为了他人的安危,当然在这个情况里还有一整个国家的自由,而让自己身处险境,这能代表很多 (Mendoza的高尚品格)。这个年轻的古巴人,离开了妻子和两个幼子,成为了一份名单中众多名字的一部分。加入了那些被处刑,被拷问,和痛打的男人与 女人,和那些,虽然生于不同年代,却为同样的理想奋斗并以同样的,恐怖但又值得尊敬的方式离开人世。 […]

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