Saturday, July 14, 2012

Remembering "13 de Marzo" Tug Victims in Cuba: Threats and arrests

Despite requests by Amnesty International that nonviolent demonstrators not be threatened for observing the anniversary of the "13 de Marzo" tugboat sinking over the past 18 years activists have continued to be threatened, imprisoned and assaulted. 2012 is proving to be no different.

Angel Moya was arrested on July 10, 2012, along with his brother, for distributing pamphlets about the July 13, 1994 tugboat massacre. A slaughter in which agents of the Castro regime purposefully attacked and sank the tugboat carrying families seeking a better life outside of Cuba extrajudicially executing 37 men, women and children. Those responsible have still not been brought to justice.

Minardo Ramos, the Secretary of the Confederation of Independent Workers of Cuba (CTIC) was arrested on July 12, 2012 at his apartment in Central Havana. He was taken to Zanja police headquarters and interrogated by political police that call themselves: Ignacio and Rolando between 10:00am and 1:00pm to warn Minardo Ramos not to pay homage to the victims of the “13 de Marzo” tugboat sinking.

Jorge Garcia Perez "Antunez" tweeted from Cuba that Central Opposition Coalition members in Santa Clara detained and beaten while trying to place flowers for the victims of the 13 de Marzo Tugboat on July 13, 2012. Earlier today Antunez tweeted that numerous activists of the FRONT were arrested in Santa Cruz del Sur  carrying a floral offering for the "13 de Marzo" tugboat martyrs.

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