Fear of Faith

Yanelys Nuñez Leyva

Luis Manuel Otero sought to take his prayer to the sanctuary of San Lazaro and ended up at a station of the Cuban National Police.

HAVANA TIMES – Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero is still being held at the Aguilera Police station in Lawton. All day (December 15th) the officer on duty told me that they are waiting for the CI (counterintelligence) to interrogate him to see what decision will be taken with him. But nothing. Only a long wait.

I no longer know in what country I am living. I’ve spent the whole day asking at the station why he’s being held. Why can’t he make a pilgrimage? And I can only believe that it is because they are afraid that San Lazaro will attend Luis’ prayers and fulfill his requests.

The authorities appear afraid of personal sacrifices thought for a collective good, because they are afraid of faith, of Yoruba energy, of spells.

However, shielded in this fear, the only possibility that the government of this country is leaving us is to pray – which surely will also soon be censured – because they are experts at trampling on the rights, laws and freedom of Cuban citizens.

Yanelys Nuñez

Yanelys Nuñez Leyva: Writing is to expose oneself, undress before the inquisitive eyes of all. I like to write, not because I have developed a real fondness for nudity, but because I love composing words, thinking of stories, phrases that touch, images that provoke different feelings. Here I have a place to talk about art, life, me. In the end, feeling good about what you do is what matters; either with or without clothing.

3 thoughts on “Fear of Faith

  • They the (CI) have sent out for a TAILOR? So that they an FIT him up! A thoroughly disgusting political system that is so corrupt to the very core!

  • The Powers That Be in Cuba claim to be atheist but yet are afraid what San Lazaro will unleash upon request.

  • I doubt the CI is afraid of spells. More likely they fear the clouding of reason that a belief in spells engenders and that encourages people to become unmanageable.


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