|Cuba crusader Orlando Jaramillo on La Ciclovia.|
education: Cuba boasts a primary school enrollment rate of 99% and an adult literacy rate of 100%, compared to 90% and 93% for Colombia. One might, however, question the openness of that education in a one-party state with no free press.
Jaramillo also celebrates as heroes the Cuban Five, who in 1998 were convicted for spying in the U.S. Cuba admits that the group worked for its intelligence network, but says they only spied on Cuban dissidents. However, the five were convicted of sending U.S. military information to Havana.
But Jaramillo might feel fortunate that he's not in Cuba demonstrating for the U.S. or Colombia: he wouldn't get far before going to prison. Freedom House labels Cuba as 'not free' and says that "Opposition to the ruling Communist Party is not tolerated" and "Human rights defenders and political prisoners endure torture and deplorable prison conditions."
Perhaps Jaramillo should consider balancing his praise of La Revolucion with a bit of reality.
|'Colombia is passion for corruption.'|
|'Five Cuban heroes imprisoned by the empire.' 'We demand their liberation.'|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours