Wilmar Villar, in a prison within the larger prison called Communist Cuba, died two days ago following a 50-day hunger strike to protest tyranny under the never-elected Castro brothers.
Villar's death is only the latest attributable to the Castros. Tens of thousands have died at the direction of the Castros, and millions more have not had a breath of freedom since Fidel seized power in 1959, promising free elections within two years.
Villar was in prison on a charge of "contempt," an undefined offense that follows any public demand for Cuban liberty. He protested and was willing to sacrifice his life to make the point that if a man cannot live free, he is already dead. Two years ago, another of the Castros' political prisoners, Orlando Zapata, also died of a hunger strike.
Cuba's long winter. When does the Castro mob loosen its hold on the army, the police, the secret police, the bureaucracy, the courts and the press of Cuba? When will the Cuba people shed their chains? When will Cuba see a Cuban Spring?