posted on Monday, May 17, 2010
"Sources from within Cuba’s peaceful opposition informed that Reina Luisa Tamayo, the mother of late prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is harassed by Security [of State] agents [posted] outside her house to weaken [her resolve] and irritate her.
In a phone conversation, Reina Tamayo stated that despite the pressure from the communist regime, she remains strong. “We will not give up the peaceful struggle against the regime” she remarked.
The mother retold the story of how on May 11th arriving at Banes cemetery she found out that [Security of State agents] had unsuccessfully tried to erase [Orlando’s] name from the cement tombstone using white paint. This, is coupled with house surveillance to destabilize her mentally.
[Members of] the peaceful dissidence reminded the authorities that is their duty to look after Luisa Tamayo Dánger and her family’s physical and psychological integrity. Nevertheless, faced with this sort of pressures they have requested the urgent intervention of international leaders and media to demand that the communist government puts an immediate end to the harassment.
Orlando Zapata Tamayo was a prisoner of conscience who died last February after the Cuban authorities showed indifference to his prolonged hunger strike.”