A Work In Progress For William

William Zayas, 46, talks about his native Cuba. Amaris Castillo/Bodega Stories

William Zayas, 46, talks about his native Cuba.
Amaris Castillo/Bodega Stories

Fear drove William Zayas out of Cuba over a decade ago.

“My family was one that never agreed with the Cuban government because it was a family that was oppressed by the Cuban government,” the 46-year-old said in Spanish on a recent grocery shopping trip at Orlando Latin Market.

Zayas’ father, Alfredo Zayas, was a political prisoner in their native Cuba who arrived to the United States in 1996. Zayas left the country nearly a decade later, arriving here in Sept. 28, 2004.

Zayas said the Cuban people have been oppressed for many years by the Fidel Castro regime. He said his family desired free and fair elections.

“Where there would be freedom of the press,” he added.

Where young people, Zayas said, would have libertades. Freedoms.

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