Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera arrested together with Donaida Pérez Paseiro for trying to keep a doctor's appointment.

Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera with a cyst product of beatings by Cuban state security.

The above picture was tweeted by Yoani Sanchez on November 22, 2011 at 11:03pm stating that Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" sent photo of his wife Yris, with cyst caused by beatings months ago that is still growing.

Cuban human rights defender Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera has been the victim of numerous brutal beatings by the Cuban dictatorship's state security agents and the pictures above demonstrates a consequence of the attacks. On at least four occasions on this blog the attacks have been reported on: November 4, 2011, September 18, 2011, September 28, 2011, June 20, 2011 and May 26, 2011. In addition the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights issued a precautionary measure:

PM 218/11 − Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, Cuba

On July 6, 2011, the IACHR granted precautionary measures for Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, in Cuba. The request for precautionary measure alleges that Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, reportedly a leader of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement and a political dissident, has been a victim of physical attacks, acts of harassment, and threats by agents of the State. It alleges specifically that as a result of a new attack she suffered on May 25, 2011, she is suffering from cervical trauma, memory loss, and headaches, and has not been provided with the medical treatment she needs. The Inter-American Commission asked the State of Cuba to adopt any necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera; to reach agreement with the beneficiary and her representatives on the measures to be adopted; and to inform the Commission about the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.

Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera with a cyst product of beatings by Cuban state security.

To add insult to injury Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez tweeted yesterday night the above picture and that "Today Yris should leave her home for medical attention but a police cordon didn't allow it." Furthermore the brutalization of nonviolent activists by state security agents continues. Dissidents are being beaten up for demonstrating their solidarity with Cubans being evicted from their homes. As predicted, in a country where human rights are non-existent the process of privatization means expropriating the poor in favor of the politically connected. If you protest then they beat you down and arrest you.

An important update: Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera was arrested today as she tried to attend a surgeon's appointment. She was detained together with Donaida Pérez Paseiro. Jorge Garcia Perez Antunez denounced the detention and tweeted news of it at 1:39pm EST stating, "My wife was detained together with Donaida Pérez for trying to attend an appointment with a surgeon." Shortly afterwards Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, posted photos on twitter of the women being arrested.

Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera being detained by Political police in Cuba

Donaida Pérez Paseiro being detained by Political police in Cuba

Both Donaida and Yris while being detained earlier today because Yris tried to attend a medical appointment in order to obtain medical care in Cuba for a beating she suffered at the hands of the political police.

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