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Rostislav Zapletal (1961)

We were chased down the street by people with scissors

Rostislav Zapletal was born on 3 October 1961 in Šumperk. In his youth he was one of the first local "dandies" (boys with long-hair, denoting an alternative lifestyle). He wore long hair, a green cloak, and torn jeans, he listened to rock music and held anti-totalitarian opinions and supported freedom of thought, like his friends. He remembers that they shut themselves off from the world in pubs, where they drowned their thoughts of a future in Communist Czechoslovakia in alcohol. This combination of alcohol and frustration led several of the witness's friends to commit suicide; he himself attempted the same on multiple occasions. However, he was one of the few who began to actively stand up against the regime. Vladimír Hajný introduced him to the world of samizdat, which he then copied out and distributed. He became a member of the Society of Friends of the USA (SPUSA in Czech), and he signed several anti-regime petitions. In 2014 he was awarded a Certificate of Resistance against Com ...arrows 

Among the dandies, frustrated with the Communist regime

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Grace Piney (1973)

born in 1973 in Cuba into a Spanish family already at the age of five she had a clear idea that Cuba lacked democracy in 1982, she refused "to be like Che [Guevara]" in a ... arrows 


Lic. René Manzano Gómez (1943)

born in 1943 in Cuba high-school studies in an English school until 1959 studies at the University of Havana, without graduation (graduation until 1968) 1961 – 1966 ... arrows 


Ing. Eliécer Ávila (1985)

born in 1985 in the Eastern part of Cuba in 2000 started to study at the University of Information Sciences in 2007, he expressed his doubts about the Cuban regime at an ... arrows 


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