Cases of Diubis Laurencio Tejeda (2021), Christian Díaz (2021), Oswaldo Payá (2012) and Harold Cepero (2012) highlighted in The Washington Post.
The Washington Post, January 27, 2022
Opinion: Extrajudicial killings continue in Cuba
Oswaldo Payá, seen here in 2006, was killed in July 2012 while in a car in Cuba. (Javier Galeano/AP)
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared on state television after the 11J protests started on July 11, stating, “The order of combat is given, revolutionaries take to the streets.” This directive incited government security forces to commit violence against civilians. They shot and killed unarmed demonstrators.
|Diubis Laurencio Tejeda and Christian Díaz killed in 2021.|
Authorities recognized one death in these protests. Diubis Laurencio Tejeda was a 36-year-old singer who was shot in the back by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Havana on July 12. There are others, but they have not been officially recognized.
Christian Díaz, age 24, disappeared after joining the protests. Relatives on July 12 reported him missing to the PNR in Cárdenas. Police told his father that Christian was jailed in Matanzas. On Aug. 5, officials informed his family he’d drowned in the sea and was buried in a mass grave. His family is convinced he was beaten to death.2012 killings of Cuban dissident leaders Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero by security forces are two high-profile examples.
John Suarez, Washington
The writer is executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba.