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Cuba: ‘Reformed’ apartheid Castro dictatorship records 1,051 political arrests in February

Perhaps the "Cuba Experts" here in the U.S. should ask their employers in Havana to lay off the "reforms" a bit. They are taking a serious toll on the Cuban people.

Via the Cuban Patriotic Union (UnPaCu), an independent civil rights organization in Cuba:

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CCDHRN’s Report on Cuba: 1,051 arbitrary detentions for political reasons in February 2014

CUBAN COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION

CUBA:  SOME ACTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION IN THE MONTH  OF FEBRUARY  2014

(SD: Detentions)  (AR: Acts of repudiation)   (AV: Acts of vandalism)  (AF: Physical Aggressions)  (H: Harassment acts)

  • At least 1,051 arbitrary detentions for political reasons took place in Cuba during the last month, similar to the numbers of the two previous months (between 1,000 and 1,200 arrests) and close to double the monthly average arrests in the previous two years.
  • This high number of arrests linked to the high numbers of victims of the so-called “acts of repudiation” (137), the physical assaults (221), harassment (57) and vandalism (14) attributable, in all cases, to the secret political police and vigilante structures, are objective indicators of the persistent tendency towards the deterioration of the situation of civil and political rights which prevails in Cuba under a Government that has been more than 55 years exercising the power in a dictatorial manner. Only two months of the present year 2014 count more arbitrary detentions for political reasons that the posted throughout the whole year 2010.
  • In February took place detentions and other acts of political repression all throughout the country, mainly in the provinces of Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, Havana.
  • Extremely alarming were the three vandalism and confiscatory raids suffered by the pacific opponent Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez), who was the subject of arbitrary detentions in such occasions, and the brutal aggression committed against Guillermo Fariñas, Andrei Sakharov Prize Winner of the European Parliament, who was beaten with a metal object on the left side of the chest causing him an injury so severe that it prevented him from attending a Conference on Cuba which took place in Madrid on February 26, 2014.
  • Please read in the following page (page 2) four of the first points of consensus identified by the group of dissidents who attended the Conference.

Documented cases of temporarily detainees or processed, on political means, from January 2010:

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

January

117

268

631

364

1.052

February

235

390

604

504

 1.051

March

83

264

1.158

354

April

162

244

402

366

May

120

349

423

375

June

104

212

427

180

July

125

251

406

233

August

184

243

521

547

September

90

563

533

708

October

310

286

520

909

November

244

257

410

761

Dicember

300

796

567

1.123

Annual totals

2.074

4.123

6.602

6.424

2.103
(2 months)

Monthly
average

173

344

550

536

1.051

Higher
quarter
average

285 (Q4)

446 (Q4)

798 (Q1)

931 (Q4)

1.075 (3 last months)

 

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