Cuban State Security threatens and hides opposition
Dissidents were warned that they should not leave their homes during the CELAC summit.
Just days before it the opening of Havana’s Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the government of Cuba is trying to torpedo parallel activities organized by the opposition, replete with a campaign which includes arrests and threats.
José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), and Reyna Yusmila freelance journalist, were arrested in Havana after meeting with the ambassadors of Spain and the Netherlands.
Ferrer traveled to the capital to attend an event organized by opponents in collaboration with the Center for Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), an event that would run parallel to the CELAC summit.
The former political prisoner and human rights activist, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, was also detained briefly as he walked to the Hungarian Embassy, after refusing to obey an order of the political police to stay at home.
In Matanzas, Félix Navarro Rodríguez, general coordinator of the UNPACU was also arrested, say family members.
Other prominent opponents such as Guillermo Fariñas, Yoani Sánchez, Berta Soler, Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Reinaldo Escobar and Felix Navarro have been warned by security officials of the repressive state that they should not leave their homes during the meeting of the Heads of State and Government.
Elizardo Sanchez, observer of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, told martinoticias that, “A wave of arrests prior to the CELAC has been unleashed.”
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