|Jailed pro-democracy leader Eduardo Cardet of the Christian Liberation Movement|
"The consequences of the beating are still visible" ... "Eduardo was severely beaten in prison, while he was in handcuffs." ... "Despite being charged with a common crime is is state security that is in charge of the case." ... "Security has told me that it is in my hands if he is to be released, if I collaborate with them" and that " they will not permit by any means that Eduardo continue his opposition activity." ... "They have threatened to morally destroy me and my family."
Information update 12/8/16 20:00 Cuba time Yaimaris Vecino reports that they have obtained the services of a lawyer for the defense of Eduardo Cardet and that on December 9th she will go to the Holguin provisional prison for the first visit.
Information Update: 12/8/16 9:00 Cuba time Yaimaris Vecino tells that yesterday she was able to see her husband briefly before he was transferred to the provincial prison of Holguin. The aftermath of the beating is still evident, especially on his face and his swollen and bruised eyes. He was again taken to the hospital for medical care. .Eduardo Cardet remains firm in his convictions and on the unjust nature of is his detention.
Yaimaris insists that this is a cause fabricated by state security that she had been warned when they detained her 15 days ago, i.e. the regime's intention to arrest Eduardo to neutralize his work as National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) especially for the initiative "One Cuban, one vote". On the other hand, many neighbors of Velasco, patients of Dr. Cardet, members of various opposition organizations, and Christian Churches of the area have expressed their solidarity with him.
Update 12/2/2106 4pm Cuba time: Eduardo Cardet’s whereabouts unknown
State Security says he "met with those who he should not have during his trip to the United States last week." He is accused of contempt and disrespect to the comandante for the statements he made.
Prior to his appointment as MCL National Coordinator of Christian-Democratic ideology, Cardet had held various responsibilities within the organization. As a member of the movement's coordinating council, he was appointed Vice-President of the Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA) on August 23, 2013. He had previously been active in various initiatives of the MCL aimed at achieving a nonviolent transition in Cuba to democracy. He had been a manager of the Varela Project, the Heredia Project, The Peoples Path and One Cuban, one vote.
Cardet, married and with two children, works as a family doctor at the Health Center in the town of Velasco (Holguín province), where he lives. One year before his appointment as leader of the MCL he was expelled from his work in retaliation for his opposition activity as a member of the MCL. However, protests over this measure of punishment and popular pressure allowed him to be readmitted to his job.