I do not fight for the money, nor am I interested in the salary. I fight for political pluralism and democracy in Cuba.
Misael Espinosa Puebla was born on May 17, 1957, although his identity card mentions 1959, in the Matías, Arroyón - then in the jurisdiction of the Tercer Frente Oriental. Today it is a part of the Santiago de Cuba province in Cuba. He grew up in a poor peasant family with an anti-communist mindset. His childhood was fortunate. He attended Víctor Ramos Elementary School in Las Bocas, Santiago de Cuba. He graduated from the University of Caney de las Mercedes in 1971 with a degree in teaching. He then completed an internationalist mission to Nicaragua together with a Cuban teacher named Águedo Morales Reina, who was during the mission assassinated. In 1986, Misael demanded his dismissal from the Ministry of Education due to his disagreement with the government policy. Today is a member of several opposition political movements, for instance, the Cuban Patriotic Union [Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU]. He did not cover a fine, so he was imprisoned by the regime for seven months and 15 days. At the time of the interview in 2021, he lived in the province of Granma in Cuba.