Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty Appeal to Sting to Advocate for Human Rights in Cuba

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Banner flies over concert reminding singer of his past activism for prisoners of conscience

Sting’s poignant song ‘They dance alone’ could have been written about the Cuban ‘Ladies in White’

Sting, the front man of the legendary rock band The Police, was reminded by Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty of his previous humanitarianism with a banner hired to fly over Dolphin Stadium during the opening act of the group’s July 10th Miami concert. The banner read “S.O.S. THEY DANCE ALONE IN CUBA TOO”, a reference to Sting’s song about human rights abuses in Pinochet’s Chile. Photographs are available at http://BUCL.org.

Sting, who worked with Amnesty International in the 1980s and that group’s efforts in denouncing human rights abuses in South Africa and Chile, is reported to have accepted an invitation from the Castro regime for The Police to play a concert in Havana, Cuba in December.

“We want the people of Cuba to enjoy The Police,” said BUCL campaign sponsor Ziva Sahl, “but we’d also like for Sting to use his prestige and influence to help raise awareness of Cuba’s political prisoners, like the Afro-Cuban Doctor Oscar Elias Biscet.”

Cuba’s foreign minister recently denied to international media that Cuba has political prisoners, yet Amnesty International currently recognizes at least 69 Cuban prisoners of conscience while other organizations put the number of political prisoners in Cuba at over 300.

“Sting’s poignant song ‘They dance alone’ could have been written about the Cuban ‘Ladies in White’,” said Claudia Fanelli, also a BUCL campaign sponsor. “Each Sunday these winners of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights proudly walk the streets of Havana displaying pictures of their husbands, sons and brothers who are political prisoners. We just want Sting to help bring recognition to the prisoners so these ladies won’t have to dance with ‘invisible ones’ anymore.”

Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty is a confederation of blogs, web sites and readers that pool resources and ideas for use in campaigns that raise awareness of the Cuban reality.

Current campaign sponsor sites include: http://blogforcuba.typepad.com; http://www.claudia4libertad.com; albertodelacruz.com; http://marcmasferrer.typepad.com; jluix.com; therealcuba.com; cubanology.com; ninetymilesaway.blogspot.com; cubacompanioni.blogspot.com; lacontrarevolucion.blogspot.com; kensieg.livejournal.com; nelsonguirado.com; abajofidel.blogspot.com; babalublog.com; and CubanAmericanPundits.com.

Contact: Henry Gomez
Tel.: 305-788-4766
Email: hgomez @ bucl.org

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