Monday, August 29, 2005
The Castro Show Continues
Castro does not like books or librarians - go figure! Librarians are on the state's Enemies List as evidenced by what the State's High Court did to an independent librarian in 2003. Read:
We were talking about Fidel Castro's recurring crackdowns on those remarkably courageous Cubans who keep working to bring democracy to that grim island where dissenters, including independent librarians, are locked in cages, often for 20 or more years. Bradbury knew about the crackdowns, but until I told him, was not aware of Castro's kangaroo courts often ordering the burning of the independent libraries they raid, as in 451.
For example, on April 5, 2003, after Julio ValdÃÂ©severera was sent away, the judge ruled: ''As to the disposition of the photographic negatives, the audio cassette, medicines, books, magazines, pamphlets and the rest of the documents, they are to be destroyed by means of incineration because they lack usefulness.'' Hearing about this, Bradbury authorized me to convey this message from him to Castro: ``I stand against any library or any librarian anywhere in the world being imprisoned or punished in any way for the books they circulate.
I wonder if the NEA would defend Independent Librarians in Cuba?
But seriously, what could go wrong?
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