Monday, September 21, 2015

Christian Liberation Movement members harassed and detained in Cuba during Papal visit

Sunday night and the repression continues in Cuba against activists
Yordan Marino (left) and Eduardo Cardet (right) of MCL
Eduardo Cardet, the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), harassed by Rapid Response Brigade and MCL member Yordan Marino arrested in Holguín tonight. The Christian Liberation Movement is a Catholic lay movement founded on September 8, 1988.

Rosa María Rodríguez of MCL arrested this morning
Earlier in the day Rosa María Rodríguez,  a member of the Coordinating council of the Christian Liberation Movement was detained at 7:00am while on her way to the Papal Mass being celebrated in Havana. She was freed at 12 noon by the police who sought to stop her attending the religious service.

State Security agents watching MCL Council coordinator  Armando Peña
Armando Peña, MCL Council coordinator had plainclothes state security agents monitoring his home in Las Tunas, Cuba and managed to get a photo of the repressors.

Prior to the Pope's arrivial in Cuba the Christian Liberation Movement leaders in the diaspora, Regis Iglesias Ramírez and Michele Trota, in an open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis asked, in part, for the following:  
As a pilgrim of the Truth we humbly ask you when you arrive in Cuba to especially embrace those Cubans who are in prison for the sake of justice, those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, those who work for peace, freedom and justice. Send Your Blessing to all Cubans who from the diaspora pray and work for the rights of the human person, reconciliation and progress of our people so that we can return to our beloved island after the painful exile to which we have been subjected to precisely due to the pursuit of justice, the defense of hope and the popular sovereignty of Cubans.

On Sunday evening the Vatican confirmed that they had invited dissidents to events in Cuba where they would meet Pope Francis but wouldn't confirm arrests. 

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