Internet gives Cuba’s dissidents a voice

Even though the Castro dictatorship loves to strangle any opposition in Cuba, thanks to the Internet, dissidents now have a voice that can be heard around the world. Reuters today published an article on this titled Cuban dissidents tap cyberspace from abroad (via Yahoo! News). Here is an excerpt:

Leading Cuban dissidents who are denied access to Internet at home now have their messages on Web sites thanks to the work of exiled friends and family abroad.

Oswaldo Paya, who doggedly began a signature drive for a referendum on civil liberties riding a bicycle five years ago, has no access to e-mail.

But his Web site (www.oswaldopaya.org, site is mostly in Spanish) was launched last month by relatives in Madrid. The site has Paya’s statements and news about the Varela Project, a petition that was rejected by the government despite its 25,000 signatures.

“We have to do it from outside Cuba because we can’t here,” said Paya, winner of Europe’s 2002 Andrei Sakharov prize for human rights, on Wednesday. “We want to express our point of view, which we cannot do here due to the lack of freedom.”

Thank God for the Internet. Even Castro can’t put this genie back into its bottle.

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