Rodriguez Reyes' parents insist that he repent to
avoid being dismissed permanently. He does not want to
take back his comments. He feels betrayed by those who
denounced him in a public academic tribunal (a kind of
court of peers) although, he said, they often agreed
with him in private. Later, these same colleagues
confessed to him that they had to go after him or they
would get in trouble. Rodriguez Reyes vows to fight
for reinstatement because "nobody can deny me
education for the simple fact of expressing dissenting
According to the official propaganda, the Cuban people
are the most educated in the world, but what use is
education if we have no freedom, what use is education
when it turns into a weapon of mass indoctrination?
Marquez Linares is vice president of an independent
association of Cuban journalists and co-editor of its
samizdat review, De Cuba.
Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never has and it never will.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters.
-- Frederick Douglass --
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