David vs. Fidel
A group of dissident lawyers in Cuba have filed a complaint against Cuban State Security for its brutal beatings and violent arrests of opposition leaders on the island earlier this month. While their efforts to find justice are laudable, one has to wonder how far a legal complaint can get in a country where there is no rule of law and the "government" is actually an international crime syndicate run by the murderous Castro brothers. It looks like a classic David vs. Goliath scenario, except that this David is malnourished, has been beaten down for decades, and the world has turned its back on him refusing to acknowledge he even exists.
Dissident lawyers file complaints against Cuban police
Lawyers in Cuba are seeking punishment for police who allegedly abused dissidents.
In an unusual legal challenge to the Cuban government, dissident lawyers have filed a formal complaint against State Security agents for the “arbitrary” and violent arrests of opposition activists earlier this month.
The complaint submitted last week to a provincial Havana court asks prosecutors to condemn the detentions and impose “disciplinary measures for the damages caused” on those responsible.
Laritza Diversent, one of the four lawyers who signed the document, said it was designed to “exercise our right to complain,” which is guaranteed by the Cuban constitution and international human rights agreements that Havana has signed.
Also signing the complaint were lawyers Yaremis Flores, Bárbara Estrabao and Veizant Boloy and activist Ailer González. She is the partner of Antonio G. Rodiles, director of two dissident projects that have gained recognition in recent months.
They were all part of a group of dissidents arrested in Havana Nov. 7-8. Police freed most of them but are still holding Rodiles, who heads the de Estado de Sats project for intellectual freedoms and the Citizens Demand for Another Cuba, which focuses on human rights.
The complaint alleged that State Security agents who arrested the dissidents did not identify themselves and used unnecessary violence, especially against Rodiles. A cellphone photo taken in jail showed him with a black eye.
State Security agents violated the “principles for the protection of all people under any form of detention or prison,” the complaint noted. It said State Security agents refused to tell most relatives of those detained where they were being held.
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