María Teresa Domínguez González, resident of Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba, was officially fired from her work as an educator in a children’s center known as “Friends of Camilo” this past January 21st, all because her son, Yuniesky Dominguez Gonzalez, is a member of Cuba’s opposition movement.
Yuniesky, an active member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), explained that it all began recently when his mother had to miss 2 days at work for having a severe cold. The director of the center, along with other administrators, told Maria Teresa that her absences were not permissible, and that she had to sign a letter for her lay-off, which she refused.
“On Friday, January 18th, the directors of the educational center already had a medical certificate from my mother“, explained Yuniesky, “the document proved that she was sick, and this was not something unknown or mysterious to the workers and directors there“.
On the following day, the activist’s sister- Danielis Consuegra Dominguez- showed up at the children’s center to offer more details about the health of her mother. That same night various administrators saw for themselves when they visited the home of Mrs. Dominguez who received the visitors while still with a cold and bedridden.
“When my mothers fever was over, on Monday January 21st she visited the director in her house, trying to find an explanation for why she had to go to a labor trial on the following day“, detailed Yuniesky. It was at that moment that the real reasons for her being fired came out.
“The center’s director told my mother and my sister that they were well aware of my political position as well as that of my wife and that they did not want any problems“, recounts the young dissident. His wife- Taimi Vega Biscet- is a Lady in White who, Sunday after Sunday, suffers arrests and deportations for trying to make it to Mass to pray for the freedom of the political prisoners in the country.
On countless occasions María Teresa Domínguez has told her bosses that the political ideology of her son is not an excuse for kicking her out of her job.
“All of this is a manipulation which corresponds with the constant persecution of State Security“, assures Yuniesky, reiterating that it is a tactic put in place to affect him and that they “have opted for the last resource against my mother: to asphyxiate her economically“.
María Teresa also suffers from liver disease and now, without work, it will be much more difficult for her to purchase medication. Meanwhile, Yuniesky Dominguez affirms that he will not abandon his struggle in favor of human rights.
Tactics such as these are very common in Cuba. When one decides to publically oppose the totalitarian system not only do they run risks, but also their families. They are methods set in motion to try and ‘crack’ the dissident.
In another similar case, this 19th of January, dissidents Idael Pérez Díaz and Santa González Pedroso- residents of Grua Nueva, Ciego de Avila- reported that their 12 year old son Delvis Pérez González was expelled from his wrestling team when numerous State Security agents showed up to the gym and pressured his professors to take those measures.
Starting in 1959, families of any person who chose to oppose the regime were victims of abuse at the hands of the State, one of the more famous cases being the deportations to forced labor camps of hundreds of rural families in the 60’s.
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