Radio República and the death of a dissident.

Posted: 27 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"They are glued to the phones at the Directorio. The audio engineer at the group's shortwave radio station takes in a feed that includes shouts of 'Libertad, Libertad, Libertad!' All attention focused on the funeral services for Orlando Zapata Tamayo. The Cuban Democratic Directorate is a low key, yet high energy Cuban exile group based in Miami that documents civic resistance on the Island. ... The funeral of Zapata Tamayo was producing numerous examples of protest and resistance. Zapata Tamayo was a political prisoner, a dissident, who died after an 80-day hunger strike. ... Despite Cuban government attempts to suppress the news of the dissident's death in the age of Twitter, Facebook, bloggers, and the Directorio's Radio Republica, the word is spreading across the island." Hank Tester, WTVJ-TV (Miami), 26 February 2010. Radio República is now leasing time from the Radio Canada International transmitter near Sackville, NB. See Canada and Cuba entries in DX Listening Digest, 25 February 2010.
     "In Zapata's case, his death was reported worldwide almost immediately because his case was being followed by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and the news of his death is beginning to trickle into Cuba through shortwave radio broadcasts from abroad," said Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz, head of Cuba's Human Human Rights Commission. Andres Oppenheimer,
Miami Herald, 27 February 2010.