To Everyone who Reads this Letter, Please, Circulate it. Thank You.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Raúl Castro Ruz.
A fellow human being has died today. His name was Orlando Zapata Tamayo. I don’t know if he was white, black, heterosexual, gay, tall, short, or a dwarf… I don’t know. He died after undertaking a long hunger strike to reclaim what he understood to be his rights.
I ask you, President: Are you not ashamed? Must we come to these extremes? Don’t you think it would be better if you would just give up the arrogance and listen?
Today, I do not ask for my departure, I am asking for much more. I request, sir, I beg that you resign. Get away from this country. You don’t deserve respect.
Juan Juan Almeida Garcia
Translated by Raul G.