Poet and opponent Raúl Rivero dead: “He never adapted to living outside of Cuba”

His wife, Blanca Reyes, told 14ymedio that the Cuban poet, independent journalist and opponent Raúl Rivero died in Miami at 9:15 am due to cardiopulmonary problems, at the age of 75. Over the years, he has been suffering from increasingly complex emphysema.

“He’s been in and out of the hospital for the past few months because his emphysema is getting worse and he doesn’t want to say it, but he’s regressing,” Reyes warned. “His body will never recover from all the wounds caused by the Cuban regime,” explained the widow, referring to his spending in prison after being incarcerated and sentenced to 20 years in prison during the dark spring of 2003. weather.

Rivero also suffered repression and was forced into exile in Spain with some of his family members in April 2005. International pressure and the journalist’s health problems led him to leave the island.

Blanca Reyes told the newspaper: “He has never adapted to living outside of Cuba, he fell into depression and never recovered.” At the time of his death, the poet was in Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Rivero also suffered repression and was forced into exile in Spain with some of his family members in April 2005.

He was born on November 23, 1945 in Morong, which was then part of the former province of Camagüey. During his life, he published several collections of poems, worked in various Cuban and international media, including El Mundo de España, and was the founder of “Diario Cubano.”

He was one of the founders of the magazine El Caimán Barbudo in 1966 and worked as a reporter for the Latin News Agency in Moscow from 1973 to 1976.

After he resigned from the membership of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists in 1989, he began to distance himself from the ruling party and became one of the signatories of the “Letter to Intellectuals” in 1991, which required that Fidel Castell Luo liberate Cuba. Prisoner of conscience. That same year, he left his work in the official media because he thought it was “a novel about a country that did not exist.”

In 1995 he founded the independent news agency Cuba News Agency and in 2001 he participated in the creation of the first association of independent journalists in Cuba. He is considered one of the best Cuban poets of his generation and in 2003 he won the UNESCO World Prize for Freedom of Expression.

His wife is a member of the founding group Girls in White that demanded the immediate release of political prisoners, especially those who were arrested in Black Spring.

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