El Nuevo Herald reporter and blogger Rui Ferreira is reporting that he had a second telephone conversation with Jose Varela during today's stand-off in the Herald Building, a conversation in which Varela compared himself with civil rights activist Rosa Parks on several occasions.
At about 1:00 pm Varela repeated his demand for the resignation of El Nuevo Herald editor Humberto Castelló and added that of Tom Fiedler, executive editor of The Miami Herald.
“What I want is to tell the truth, because there has been a conflict of interests here, because [Castelló] is trying to save his head.”UPDATE: The Herald is reporting that the gun Varela used in today's stand-off was a plastic and metal toy gun. Varela was also armed with a knife. He has been charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault.
“This is like her [Parks]… somebody must take the first step. And if Castelló does not go away, then I am the editor now. This is not a coup d'etat.”
“I'm doing this because…I'm called upon to do it. I can die here, but this is going to be known in Miami and I'll say it because I have credibility and I must say it…for how long am I going to put up with this nonsense and draw cartoons of Bush and a stupid Fidel Castro…the newspaper is much more than that.”
“There is no uterior nor hidden motive here...it is what I must do today. I do not believe in the laws, [O.J.] Simpson killed his wife and now he is on the streets. The laws are changed because of people like Rosa Parks.”
“Heads must roll here, and Castelló must resign…even if they kill me. I am dead already. I am not an American citizen, I came because I am political refugee and I continue being one. I did not come for opportunistic reasons, I did not come for the American dream. Ask the people if there is an American dream, ask the people who are dying in Iraq? Now leave me alone, I must concentrate.”
The Herald web site also mentions covnversations that Varela had with attorney and Democratic Party activist Joe Garcia.
Garcia quoted Varela as asking, ``How is it Cubans must suffer all the time?''