Hablemos Press journalist who wrote about the possible intravenous bacterial infection of Laura Pollan arrested
Havana, October 17, 2011- Six agents from Cuban State Security arrested independent journalist Carlos Rios Otero at his home at 5:30 pm on Friday the 14th.
Rios Otero, who is a member of Independent Press Agency Hablemos Press, had published an article the day before detailing the critical condition of Lady in White Laura Pollan and other cases of Ladies in White who became ill after being injected during acts of repression.
According to the journalist, the agents took him to the Aguilera police station in Lawton, Havana, where he was constantly threatened until after midnight.
His arrest took place two hours before the announcement of Laura Pollan’s death, at the same time when it became evident that many of the cell phones of peaceful opposition members had been cut off.
At the home of the journalist at Correa #163, Santos Suarez, a patrol car appeared with two uniformed police officers and two plainclothes agents of State Security. Another two agents in civilian clothes arrived on motorcycles. One said to Rios: “Carlos, we need to talk.”
In his articles for Hablemos Press, one on September 12th “IPK Denounces Medical Power,” and on October 28th, “Lethal Vaccinations against the Cuban Dissidence,” Rios explored the possible relationship between the grave illness of Laura Pollan and the puncture inflicted on her at the last attack she suffered.
He cited previous instances, such as the other Ladies in White who had been injected and then suffered dizzy spells, blurry vision, fever, loss of equilibrium, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, irregular menstrual cycles with heavy bleeding, and other symptoms attributable to bacterial infection or reactions to toxic substances.
Rios said: “They placed me in the back seat between two plainclothes agents and with the two motorcycles leading a caravan that appeared to me as if I were the president of the republic. In the Aguilera station at a section they call “The Pit,” they interrogated me and the four agents threatened me regarding signs that had appeared in the streets with the word “NO.” I belong to the “NO” campaign. They threatened me with prison for the signs, calling it a “crime of propaganda for the enemy,” but I refused to sign an “admission.” They interrogated me about my friends and about a repair done on my house – remember that Dr. Darsi Ferrer was imprisoned on the pretext of the materials used in the repair of his house. They avoided talking about my articles dealing with the health of Laura Pollan and the puncture she suffered on her forearm during the last act of repression carried out by them and their paramilitary “Rapid Response Brigades.” After releasing me around midnight, one said, ‘Laura has died.'”
Carlos Rios believes that the sudden interest in him has nothing to do with the signs on the streets, but with the death of Laura Pollan while he writes of how the government’s “battle of ideas” includes suspicious injections.
According to family members, Lady in White and photo journalist for Hablemos Press, Sandra Guerra, was “sequestered by State Security agents on Saturday morning when she was traveling to Havana to attend the funeral for Pollan.”