Diario Las Americas is reporting that Cuban opposition leader Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera was brutally beaten and knocked unconscious by Castro security agents before taking her into custody on May 25th. As of today, her whereabouts are unknown.
Opposition Leader on the Island Disappears
Defenders of human rights in Cuba are alarmed by the beating and disappearance of opposition leader Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera on the morning of May 25th during activities that ended the opposition conference Boitel y Zapata Viven.
According to Adriano Castañeda Meneses, executive member of the National Front for Civic Resistance Orlando Zapata Tamayo, two activists from Placetas: Donaida Perez Paseiro and Yaimara Reyes Mesa were released from prison around 11 pm the night of May 25. They had been arrested and beaten when they went to the Placetas General Hospital to inquire about Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, who had been detained and then transferred to the hospital after losing consciousness.
“After that they were released at around 11 pm, they saw a small bus from the specialized brigades take Idania Yanes Contreras and her husband Alcides Rivera. They also saw when another police car took a handcuffed Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera after having received a beating. It is not known if she is at the Santa Clara hospital because here in Placetas we cannot find her. Her brothers have been searching for any information and have assumed she is missing,” declared Castañeda Meneses from Placetas.
The activist explained that it was known that Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antúnez” was detained in the jail of the political police in Placetas, but that Yris and the other detained activists were not there.
“Yris was subjected to a brutal beating by a member of State Security that goes by the alias “El Pesista.” While in a jail cell, they took her again from the hospital to jail. Her hands were numb, she felt nauseous, had a headache, dizziness, she is epileptic, has diabetes, asthma. We don’t know where they have taken her. We don’t know if she died, or what condition she was in when they took her,” Donaida Perez Paseiro added via a telephone call to the Cuban Democratic Directorate in Miami.