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Posted on Saturday, 03.26.11

Haunting scene in

We've all watched the TV images as dictators and autocrats in the Middle
East and North Africa sent their thugs to the streets to attack
pro-democratic protestors. These images have brought back to my memory a
scene I witnessed almost five years ago in Cuba. It still haunts me.

They gathered in front of Yamila Llanes Labrada's house around noon. A
vitriolic crowd dominated by the town's elders. It was Saturday in the
small town of Las Tunas in 2006, and it was very hot, with humidity on
the rise. The oppressive weather made the situation even tenser. I had
an unclear vision of what was coming.

Yamila and her four kids were, at that time, waiting for her husband,

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