The Circle of Lazaro Farinas
The Circle of Lazaro Farinas / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 22, 2014
I recognize the sin it is to read the Cuban press, but really we should
give ourselves the entertainment, in good humor. In these newspapers, we
find topics to write stories about, with themes that border on the absurd.
A great character among those that lend themselves to a demented and
evil personality, of the worse strain, whom we doubt could have been
born of woman, is Lazaro Fariñas, inflator of realities, misinterpreter
at his convenience, impossible to explain further as he lives in the
United States, from where he criticizes and attempts to convert, or at
least make people believe, that Cuba is a paradise. But so lucky is he
that his office of satrap and calculator is carried out from the land of
freedom, that he could never do otherwise.
In his last article, from 21 January, he raises the alarm with an
immense ingenuity not characteristic of him, about the closure of the
busiest bridge in the world , the George Washington, which links
Manhattan with the city of New York, because of an issue between
politicians in that area.
The most laughable part is when he says that Cubans won’t be able to
believe it. It was the peak of ecstasy, I laughed myself sick, imagining
how they used little children to close one of the busiest streets in
Havana, First Avenue and 60th in Miramar, which leads to the National
Aquarium, using the children as shields to try to prevent the opposition
from holding the First International Conference on Human Rights, which
demanded the ratification of the UN Covenants, organized by the
independent State of Sats project.
Under the guise of a cultural activity they diverted traffic — and it
wasn’t a partial closure like on the George Washington Bridge, but a
complete closure to cars and “untrusted” people, not to mention public
When the Ladies in White meet at their headquarters in Neptune Street,
before dawn, they don’t allow traffic or pedestrians to reach that
street and they detain dissidents who approach to participate, beating
them and taking them to nearby police stations.
How is it possible that this gentleman thinks we Cubans can’t believe
something that we experience every week. Our most fundamental rights are
violated every day. I’d like to see him on the front page of some
newspaper of this country and see him survive on the salary they would
He does his work without any scruples at all. He dedicates himself to
scaring Cubans who don’t walk in his footsteps: do what I say and not
what I do. Accept the vineyard of the Lord.
Lawton Prison Settlement. January 2014
Source: The Circle of Lazaro Farinas / Angel Santiesteban | Translating