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Vladimiro Roca Antúnez (1942) - Biography

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Damn, it seems a lie that having the parents you had, you are a counterrevolutionary!

Vladimiro Roca Antúnez was born in December 1942 in Havana, Cuba. His father was Blas Roca Calderio, secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. In his youth, Vladimiro followed the same ideological line as his father, he even personally witnessed the meetings in Boca Ciega where Fidel Castro and his men planned to overthrow Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship. After an aviation course in 1961-1963 in the Soviet Union, Vladimiro began to work as a pilot at the San Antonio air base. It was there that he began to doubt the regime, when he was ordered to intercept a civilian craft. The approval of the 1976 Constitution caused another notable change in his opinion. In 1987 he graduated from a night course for International Relations workers at the Superior Institute of International Relations and in the same year his father died. In 1991 he made his first official statement as a dissident, in 1992 he founded the Democratic Socialist Current, and in 1996 he was one of the founders (and the current president) of the Social Democratic Party, which until today has not been recognized by Cuba. In 1997 he and other dissidents created the Working Group on Internal Dissidence to Analyze the Cuban Socio-Economic Situation and prepared the document The Homeland Belongs to Everyone, for which he was arrested (together with its other authors); he was in prison from 1997 to 2002. In 2010 he attended the funeral of the dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo in Banes, who died after an 85-day hunger strike. Vladimiro resides in Havana and continues to fight against the Castro regime.

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