Former Cuban and political prisoner Roberto Perdomo died in the early hours of October 8 in the United States. The anti-Castro fighter was hospitalized and is undergoing rehabilitation after surgery.
Cuban activist Manuel Milanés felt the loss of Perdomo in X and wrote, “To the glory of God, he will continue to smile and fight for the freedom of Cuba.”
For his part, the Spanish writer Gonzalo Altozano said of Perdomo that he was “a sincere and brave man, from which the palm tree grows; “a hardened man made in secret, prison, and exile.”
En la madrugada de hoy falleció nuestro hermano Roberto Perdomo en el hospital donde se encontraba en el proceso de rehabilitación post operatoria. En la gloria de Dios continuará sonriendo y luchando por la libertad de Cuba. pic.twitter.com/mrXTZzUbPU
— Manuel Milanes (@mmpizonero) October 8, 2023
Perdomo was a fighter against the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista who joined the opposition after the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959. He was the head of President Manuel Urrutia’s bodyguards and saved him from being killed by Castro’s mob.
After becoming disillusioned with the regime, he went back into hiding. In 1961, he was arrested, tried in a summary trial, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. During his imprisonment, he refused to wear the uniform of a common prisoner, for which he was known as a “jimp.”
Altozano remembers that Perdomo always maintained a vertical attitude in prison, participating in hunger strikes and refusing to wear a uniform.
Ha muerto Roberto Perdomo, un hombre sincero y valiente, de donde crece la palma; un tipo duro hecho de clandestinaje, cárcel y exilio. Esta es, resumida, su historia.
— Gonzalo Altozano (@GonzaloAltozano) October 8, 2023
In 1986, he was released and exiled to the United States, where he continued to be active in the struggle for democracy in Cuba.
He is one of the stars of Lilo Vilaplana’s film Plantados, which depicts the abuses in Castro’s prisons.