The visit by Pope Benedict XVI is only days away, and under the complete control of dictator Raul Castro, the Cuban government has been busily preparing for the historic visit. Leaving nothing to chance, the Castro regime has dispatched throughout the island its considerable resources to prepare for the papal visit and ensure the scheduled events take place without any embarrassing snags.
Here is a partial list of the Castro dictatorship’s preparations currently taking place in Cuba for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit:
- Human rights activist Marta Beatriz Roque is currently under siege and trapped inside her home with Cuban political police surrounding the residence. In addition, the Castro regime has cut off both her home phone and cell phone lines to prevent her from communicating with anyone. (Hablalo Sin Miedo)
- Juan Carlos Vazquez Osoria, a peaceful human rights activist, was arbitrarily arrested by Cuban State Security outside his wife’s place of employment in Holguin, Cuba. (Hablalo Sin Miedo)
- More than one hundred pro democracy activists were arrested in the eastern Cuban province of Granma when they took to the streets in a peaceful protest. Witnesses report that the Castro regime reacted quickly and brutally, sending hundreds of security personnel armed with batons to violently quash the protest and arrest the activists. (Hablemos Press)
- Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White Laura Pollan, reports that her husband, former prisoner of conscience Angel Moya, is still missing since his arrest by Castro State Security last Sunday. (Hablalo Sin Miedo)
- Karina Quintana Hernandez, a member of the Ladies in White, reports that she along with other members of the group were apprehended and deported from the capital of Havana back to their home towns by Castro State Security agents. (Hablalo Sin Miedo)