Cuba: Eight members of Pastors for Change beaten and arrested by Cuban State Security
The victim list of Cuban dictator Raul Castro's "reforms" continues to grow. With "reforms" like these, who needs a violent and repressive dictatorship?
Eight members of Pastors for Change arrested and beaten while preaching at a market in Bayamo
Some were attacked with knives. One of the members of the organization says their whereabouts and condition is unknown.
Eight members of the Pastors for Change organization, which is not recognized by the government, were arrested and beaten this Saturday at a farmers' market in the Jesus Menendez neighborhood located in Bayamo. Cesar Serrano, one of the directors of the group told DIARIO DE CUBA they were there to preach.
Serrano said the pastors were attacked by plainclothes agents, "who were backed up by uniformed police," and tried to injure the preachers with a machete and a knife.
"They were beating the pastors and the police officers were yelling for them to be stabbed," said Serrano's daughter, Daniela Serrano Acosta, a twelve-year-old who witnessed the incident.
Those arrested are Damaris Suárez Ayala, Sergio Echevarría Agüero, Osneldis Suárez Aguilar, Julio Magaña Sánchez, Isnelda Fajardo Arzuaga, Gilbert Pupo Hernández, Julio Rosa Piña, and Juan Oliva Méndez.
Pastor Serrano says he does not know where they were taken or if any of them are injured. Another four members of the group were able to escape.
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