Cuba Respect Prisoners’ Human Rights
By Angélica Paredes López
June 26 (Radio Rebelde)
“On April 14, 1961 at 1 pm, I was informed that I had to carry out the changing of the guard at the Príncipe Castle, I went right away to that military fortress, however, the following day the military invasion of Playa Girón took place with the enemy planes’ bombardment of the city. Therefore, the pick up of the prisoners was carried out at the moats of the ancient prison and I was then promoted as the Principe Garrison´s chief.” The former sergeant José Francisco López Morejón, who is nowadays the retired lieutenant colonel of the Ministry of Interior, declared to the local Radio Rebelde station.
Morejón, as he is called by his comrades, has lived over eighty years and has still an incredibly lucidity, when he recalls the historical events of the Cuban Revolution while remembering the time in which the Revolutionary government designated him as the prison´s chief of Security that was located at the Príncipe Castle in Havana city where the prisoners who were taken there were precisely those mercenaries captured in the Playa Girón site.
“Those mercenaries belonged to all kind of social categories; so, the poorest ones were used as mere cannon fodder by the rich given the enemy has always kept the policy about dividing and misinforming and that was precisely the way they all were,” Morejón stated.
“With all of them I had to talk directly and I can confirm that there were always doctors there and the hospitals gave them all the necessary care and support,” the outstanding combatant pointed out.
In addition, he stated: “From all those prisoners captured in Playa Girón. Fidel was always interested in the treatment of all them as well as their permanent health care to the extent that more than thirty of their injured people received specialized health-care treatment, as well as the other injured people suffering from other pathologies.”
“The Cuban Revolution respected the human rights of all the prisoners captured during the invasion of Playa Girón, including the moral and physical safety of each of them despite that they were mercenary who had been paid by Washington.” Morejón highlighted.
With his ability as a great communicator, Morejón expressed: “The mercenaries received direct attention in some institutions such as both the local Military Hospital and the Orthopedic Hospital to the extent that there was one of those prisoners who told me that he would never say wrong things of this nation.”
José Francisco Morejón, who was still a farmer in Santa Isabel de las Lajas town, joined the local 26 de Julio movement on January 26, 1956, climbed the Escambray Mountains and participated, on January 1, 1959, in the storming of the Esperanza Garrison. Besides, he arrived in Havana some days later, and started his outstanding history and service for the Cuban Revolution.
“I can tell you one thing, if I was born again, I would love to work more time in prisons given the human beings are respected in Cuba in spite of the crime they have previously committed. Besides, the main detail is the fact that they are all human beings and men should not be mistreated.” Morejón stated.
Cuban José Francisco Morejón, retired lieutenant colonel from the Ministry of Interior, keeps in its memory the experienced lived by him in 1961 given it was the period of time in which he was the Principe Garrison’s chief in Havana city.
As participant of the revolutionary process, this clear-thinking man, who is almost aged 81, stated that the Cuban Revolution has always respected the human rights of all its prisoners regardless of their origin, race or beliefs. That policy was applied with all the mercenaries captured in the Playa Girón site.