Peter's marvelous posts commemorating the anniversary of President Reagan's Berlin Wall speech give us all a chance to think about (and be thankful for) how far the cause of human freedom has advanced in just a few decades. This story from The Hill, however, is a bracing reminder of just how severe life can be in places where the struggle against tyranny has not yet played out to its conclusion:
A Cuban dissident who testified before Congress last week via video about repression by the island's communist regime has been arrested and “brutally beaten,” according to reports from the U.S.-based Cuban exile community.
Pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez" was “arrested on Saturday afternoon, brutally beaten, doused with pepper spray until unconscious and violently removed from his cell by the authorities that evening,” his wife told Miami-based Radio Republica, according to the website Capitol Hill Cubans. Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera reportedly has not heard from him since.
Thoughts and prayers to the Cuban people. And may freedom come sooner rather than later to the tropical gulag.