Saturday, April 7, 2018

Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) gathers 10,000 signatures in Cuba for the freedom of its leader Eduardo Cardet

State Security intercepts and arrests Rosa María Rodríguez #RosaMariaMCL when she was going to deliver them to the State Council.
Eduardo Cardet Concepción and Rosa María Rodríguez Gil
Translated from the MCL website with minor changes.

Yesterday, April 5, Rosa María Rodríguez Gil, member of the Coordinating Council of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), went with her husband, Alejandro Febles, to the Council of State to deliver 10,000 signatures for the freedom of Eduardo Cardet, leader of the MCL currently in prison.Several State Security agents detained them and seized the signatures. [Rosa and Alejandro were held for 24 hours.]

During the interrogations, the agents wanted to obtain information on how it had been possible for the MCL to have been able to collect such a large number of signatures in such a short time, signatures that include the name and identity number of the citizens, exercising the legal right to make petitions proceeded to join that campaign 

Rosa María Rodríguez demanded the return of the signatures, the agents refused, so she asked them to give her a document stating that the Cuban Government through State Security was in possession of said signatures.

Rosa plans, once the "new government" is formed, to go to the corresponding institution to explain that this petition of 10,000 citizens is in the hands of the state. 

She and her husband were released today April 6 at 10 am, throughout the night their family was not informed of their whereabouts.

Carlos Payá, over twitter, thanked the 371 outside of Cuba who had signed the petition  and the 10,000 who signed the petition inside the island requesting Cardet's release

You can still sign the petition here

Listen to Rosa María explain the events in Spanish:  20180406 Rosa Maria Rodriguez signatures for Cardet.

Eduardo Cardet Concepción, successor to martyred founding leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, and unjustly jailed since November 30, 2016 was badly beaten, subjected to a political show trial, sentenced to three years in prison on March 20, 2017, and stabbed twice by three prisoners on December 19, 2017. This attack was most probably engineered by Castro's State Security in order to permanently silence him. The seriousness of the attack was only learned on January 15, 2018 when his wife was finally able to visit him in prison and see the extent of his injuries.  His health has been worsening and he has been refused religious assistance.
It is feared that an injury on Eduardo Cardet's nose may require surgery because it could be cancer.

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