Saturday, September 6, 2008
Dissident leader keeps toothbrush handy for trip to jail
Elizardo Sánchez, who went from teaching Marxism to opposing it, once told me he's ready to go to prison at a moment's notice. I didn't realize he meant that literally until he reached for a plastic bag by his front door. It contained a towel, a toothbrush, soap, underwear, sandals and a fat book - all things he figured he'd need in prison.
Sánchez is the founder of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a group that the socialist government considers illegal.
He once taught Marxism at a Havana university, but later turned against the government and has spent decades pushing for change.
Cuban authorities have accused Sánchez of working with the U.S. government to undermine the socialist regime. The book, The Dissidents, describes how Cuban agents infiltrated dissident groups.