Thursday, June 22, 2017

Christian Solidarity Worldwide: Young Cuban religious freedom defender blocked from leaving Cuba

Cuban religious freedom activist Félix Yuniel Llerena has been banned from travel after he returned from his first trip outside of Cuba.


Félix Yuniel Llerena banned from travel

Religious Freedom Defender Blocked From Leaving

19 Jun 2017

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide

A religious freedom defender has been blocked from leaving Cuba to attend a conference on human rights and democracy. Fếlix Llerena López was preparing to board his flight on Saturday 17 June, when state security agents approached him and took him into an office where they informed him that he was barred from leaving the country. 

While Llerena López was not given a reason for the travel ban, he was told that it had been put in place after he returned from a visit to the United States (US) in May, his first trip outside of the country. Llerena López works with the Patmos Institute, an independent civil society organisation which promotes freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all and inter-religious dialogue. While he was in the US, he raised concerns about FoRB violations in meetings with US government officials and members of Congress arranged by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Llerena Lopez was expelled from university shortly after his return.

In addition, last week, a prominent leader in the Apostolic Movement, Pastor Alain Toledano, was visited by state security agents and Communist Party officials at his home in Santiago de Cuba, who showed him an ‘acta de advertencia’, or a pre-arrest warrant, which he is concerned may also be used to block him from traveling abroad.

 In a statement to CSW, Pastor Toledano said, “…the strategy that the police are using here is that they come one by one to the house, they don’t send a citation, nothing written down, and they don’t give you a copy of the ‘actas de advertencia’ against you, even if you ask for one, since they know it can be used against them. They are perfecting their methods so as not to leave any traces of their persecution and acts of evil against the churches and ministries, even as we suffer here in the country.”

While the government requirement for an exit visa was dropped in 2013, there has been an increase in the number of Cuban activists involved with independent civil society organisations and the defence of human rights or democracy being blocked from leaving the country. In one example, that of Karina Gálvez, who works with Convivencia, an independent civil society organisation in Pinar del Rio. The government has brought trumped up charges against her which prevent her from leaving the country. In other cases, like that of Llerena López and also Berta Soler, a leader of the Ladies in White Movement who was prevented from leaving the country last month, officials have simply blocked them from boarding flights out of the country with no official justification given. 

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said: “We are deeply concerned by what has happened to Felix Llerena López and Pastor Toledano over the past week, and condemn what appears to be a wider strategy of arbitrarily blocking certain human rights and democracy activists, including religious leaders and FoRB defenders, from leaving the country. We call on the European Union, the United States and other members of the international community to raise this with the Cuban authorities and to push for the right of freedom of movement to be respected for all, especially those who are involved in peaceful religious activities and the promotion of universally recognised human rights.”

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  1. Hello, I'm trying to get in contact with Cuban immigrants to the USA. I'm seeking info on 2 Cuban spies, linked to the Cuban hydra spy network that took responsibility for the JFK assassination. The Cuban spies I want information on are father and daughter spies. The Cuban spy father is called "The Hangman" in a song by the CIA agent musician Bill Callahan (Smog) who is also a second generation spy like the Cuban daughter spy. I'm looking for more information on this Cuban spy man. The Cuban spy daughter is known by two identities, neither are her real name : she is called "Frankie Blue" from 1994-1995, then she gets a new identity around 2002 as "Sue Schofield". The woman has had a long term but secretive relationship with the actor-musician Will Oldham since 1994. Will Oldham is on the same record label as Bill Callahan, Chicago's Drag City which I think was set up as a front for espionage around 1990. The Cuban spy daughter "Frankie Blue"/""Sue Schofield" got Will Oldham to agree to be an s&m prostitute with her in 1994-1995, then around 1995-1996 she and her Cuban spy father got the Dallas Mafia to sponsor her in setting up an international s&m sex and drugs ring, specializing in servicing clients in the arts, entertainment, publishing, and media industries. It's very elite and very secret. I'm looking for information on the Cuban spy father from the Cuban exile community in Florida. The daughter seduced Will Oldham in Florida in 1994, so she was working in the sex industry there then, and the spy father has a reputation such that Bill Callahan calls him The Hangman.

  2. Never heard of the "Cuban hydra spy network." Hydra, of course is a Greek mythological monster killed by Hercules. In the Marvel comics hydra is a fictional terror network. Cuban spy networks however do exist and have facilitated terrorist actions in the United States and around the world. The Castro regime organized Tricontinental meetings, international gatherings in Havana of terrorists and guerrillas.

    Brian Latell has written extensively on Cuban prior knowledge of & possible involvement in the Kennedy assassination, including how Lee Harvey Oswald visited the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City in September of 1963, and is based at FIU. He may be able to help you out.

  3. Thank you for that. Sorry I didn't see your reply sooner. I'll read some of Lattel's work. The Hydra network is the one that was led by a Cuban double agent who took responsibility for the JFK assassination, saying it was done for 3rd world nationalism reasons. He said he warned the CIA then when they didn't do anything he carried out the assassination plans using the Hydra technique. So maybe it's more of a technique that spies in the network use, but they seem to call themselves that as well. Lee Harvey Oswald was just one of the gunmen, there were 5 but not all shot. The leader Cuban double agent seems to have been well regarded in espionage circles despite the assassination, since he rescued a CIA agent's life, fought Nazi's, was a stuntman in Hollywood, and did deep sea diving. The spy network also calls themselves DIVERS as well as HYDRA. They have shadowed a CIA covert cultural operation since 1994, using this evil Cuban prostitute and pimp "Frankie Blue"/"Sue Schofield", who started shadowing CIA agent musician Bill Callahan by seducing Will Oldham in 1994, he's an an actor musician on the same Chicago record label. Both Bill Callahan and "Sue Schofield" of them are second generation spies whose parents did Cold War spying. Bill Callahan's CIA boss was secretly a double agent, since he was in a wheelchair and the CIA wouldn't give him an interesting job, so he decided to be a double agent, and joined up with these Cuban spies, without knowing that Sue Schofield and her spy father were evil creep spies. The CIA tried to cover up their covert cultural operation when it was made illegal in 2003 by Donald Rumsfelds Information Operations Roadmap, and promised Sue Schofield she could defect despite her unsuitability since she's a serial killer. Now they are in the end game of these two espionage operations. I can't get the police here to investigate her, since the police didn't investigate properly the Underbelly Wars she started here in 1998, and they want to brush everything under the carpet. She stalks and harasses me frequently on her twitter and Instagram and gets musicians and artists in her s&m sex and drugs ring to stalk and harass me constantly. And the police in Australia won't do anything about it.