Marta Beatriz Roque. Photo:infolatam.com

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban state TV accused the dissident Martha Beatriz Roque of “faking” her recent eight-day hunger strike held to demand the release of an imprisoned opposition member, reported DPA on Tuesday night.

The broadcast accused the international media of spreading “lies” and the US government of instigating Roque’s “feigned hunger strike.”

The accusation was the first information given by the Cuban media on the hunger strike that supposedly involved 29 dissidents and began on September 10.

The strike ended on September 18, after Roque learned that the authorities had told the family of the prisoner, Jorge Vázquez Chaviano, that he would soon be released.

Cuban TV said as many as 13 of hunger strikers were fakers.

“The strategy of the hunger strikes was used by Martha Beatriz to attract international media attention,” said the state television, which showed alleged evidence of how the dissident secretly received food through a window of her home in Havana.

Roque, a 67-year-old economist, was previously jailed in the “Black Spring” round up of 75 dissidents in 2003.

Activists Orlando Zapata (2010) and Wilman Villar (2012) died in separate hunger strikes in recent years on the island. Also the opponent Guillermo Fariñas, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2010, has repeatedly resorted to hunger strikes in protests against the government, recalled DPA.

 


12 thoughts on “Cuba TV: Dissident Faked Hunger Strike

  • Yo, ‘Mariana’ you sound a lot like ‘Susan L’, a bit more clever, perhaps, but that’s easy to achieve.

    Your theme, in common with ‘Susan L’ is, if only “these aggressive comments” would stop, “polarized and therefore limited [in] mentality” comments, would “subsist”.

    Obviously both S & M – hmm, interesting initials – would like myself and other comments to go away. Ain’t going to happen ‘girls’. Give it up.

    ‘M’ writes, “There is no black & white truth in the Cuban situation” – or anywhere else in the world, ‘girl’. Were you a Playboy bunny?

    ‘M’ continues, “all attempts to reduce it to one of the extremes is nurturing the divisions and conflicts that keeps us in a permanent diaspora, inside as well as outside our country.”

    Diasporas are always external, outside the country they left. In effect, it is no longer their country.

    ‘M’ asks, “Please, be serious and be adults when thinking of something so delicate and complex as the Cuban society.” That goes without saying.

    ‘M’ also asks, “If you are not Cuban, be humble and keep silence. This is not your business at all.” I am always humble in the face of our common humanity. The commonality makes it imperative that silence is NOT appropriate.

    ‘M’ asks Cubans as well to “be humble too and try to see the truth behind the black and white discourses. ”

    ‘Humble’, of course, is synonymous with acquiescence. Where ‘M’ comes from is obvious.

  • It’s very sad to read all these agressive comments. As far as this polarized and therefore limited mentality subsists, our nation will continue to be in distress and suffering. There is no black & white truth in the Cuban situation and all attempts to reduce it to one of the extremes is nurturing the divisions and conflicts that keeps us in a permanent diaspora, inside as well as outside our country.
    Please, be serious and be adults when thinking of something so delicate and complex as the Cuban society. If you are not Cuban, be humble and keep silence. This is not your business at all. If you are Cuban, be humble too and try to see the truth behind the black and white discourses. Cuban reality has shown to be always greater than all limitations, hunger strikes (fake or real), and media fanfarre.

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