HAVANA TIMES – Today the journalist Fernando Ravsberg warns of the public threats he has received from people linked to the most extremist side of Cuban officialdom.
Ravsberg, who currently works for the Spanish newspaper Publico.es and writes his blog “Cartas desde Cuba” has been the victim of defamation campaigns, like many other independent journalists, by bloggers and journalists under the protection of the Cuban government. They continue to urge the government to expel Ravsberg from the country, where he has lived and worked for a quarter of a century.
The following is the alert published today by the Uruguayan journalist.
They Threaten to Break My Teeth if I Continue Writing
In several “revolutionary” blogs like La Mala Palabra, Cuba por Siempre and Isla Mía, this last one of the journalist Norelys Morales, has just appeared an article on the problems of transportation in Cuba, written by a certain Felix Edmundo Diaz, that ends with a strong threat against me. I transcribe it:
“I want to convey an idea to a colleague: Fernan, read Fernando Ravsberg, do you really think that you can live in Cuba ranting against my people? Don’t you think it’s time for you to start to write in “Letters from the USA” or “Letters from Spain”? Why don’t you pay a visit to Uribe or Peña Nieto and write “Letters from Colombia” or Letters from Mexico”. Go, just to see if any ‘paramilitary’ (self-defense?) or some ‘Zeta’ gives you a kick in the groin and your balls come out of your ears…
“From here, in Cuba, it is easy because you know that nobody will kidnap you, disappear, torture or kill you, but we are not obliged to allow you to live and rant on our soil. That’s why my offer for you is simple: Get the hell out of here or refine your writing. Remember that at your age your teeth won’t come out again and dental implants are expensive… “
They just took another step on the level of insults, they resume the request for expulsion and, above all, it is the first time that I am directly threatened with a beating. It is not accidental, recently I commented that the extremists might win and evidently this text shows that they are emboldened.
I am convinced that if the Cuban government does not put a stop to them the next step will be to move from threats to actions, it is the path of both right and leftwing extremists: you silence yourself out of fear or you are silenced by force.