Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Is there a nationwide crackdown underway in Cuba?

Human Rights Defenders violently repressed today in Cuba
Activists home raided and ransacked at 6am today. Both arrested
A half-dozen members of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), including its leader Jose Daniel Ferrer, were beaten and arrested yesterday on their way to Las Tunas from from Santiago de Cuba.

At 6:00am today (June 11, 2014) in Cuba the home of Cuban democracy activists Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" and Yris Perez Aguilera was assaulted as they slept and ransacked by state security agents.  They were beaten and taken away. Following their arrest Yris managed to send out some tweets informing what happened:
They have us in police instruction after they raided our house
SOS In deep sleep Political police raided the house @yriscuba
They assaulted our home. @yriscuba
Damaris Moya Portieles, president of the Opposition Movement for a Free Cuba, from Santa Clara informed the Cuban Democratic Directorate that she had "recieved a message of Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera that says that "at six in the morning her home was raided by the National Revolutionary Policy and State Security, where they were arrested and at this moment are in the Police Instruction unit here in the city of Santa Clara." 

At 12:29pm the Cuban Democratic Directorate tweeted that twelve activists of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo (OZT) Front in Camagüey were detained for demanding freedom for Yris and Antunez.

At 10:38am over twitter Roberto Guerra, a Cuban independent journalist and head of the Hablemos Press news service, reported that he had been beaten up and left bloodied by agents of the Castro regime (pictured below).
Independent journalist assaulted by regime agents
Martha Beatriz Roque, former prisoner of conscience, was beaten outside her home by two women who refused to identify themselves then a regime agent approached and explained that she could not leave her house.

Members of The Ladies in White, including its leader Berta Soler, and her husband Angel Moya were arrested today reported Henry Constatin. 

Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez", Yris Perez Aguilera, Berta Soler and Roberto J. Guerra have spoken out about the human rights situation in important venues and you can watch them online. A great way to help them would be to raise their profile by sharing their presentations and allowing others to get to know them.

 A conversation with Jorge Luis Garcia Pérez "Antúnez of Cuba

Yris Perez Aguilera addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council

Interview with Berta Soler and the Ladies in White

Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez - Oslo Freedom Forum 2013  

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