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4, 941 reasons not to do business with the Castro regime

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Guillermo Fariñas

From ABC Spain (Full story HERE in Spanish)

Record number of dissidents arrested in May; monthly average for this year reaches 1,000

The Castro regime arrested a record number of peaceful dissidents in May: at least 1,120. An exact figure is difficult to obtain because the repressive machinery of the totalitarian state doesn't publish statistics or release information.

The count is carried out by dissidents who keep tabs on the arrests. This latest figure was announced by La Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (Ccdhrn) -- The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

The Commission announced that the Castro regime "continues to criminalize the exercising of all civil and political rights, as well as other fundamental rights."

"The real figures are higher," said the Commission.

By their count, there were at least 1.052 arrests in January, 1.051 in February, 813 in March, 905 in April.  At least six to ten of the Cubans arrested have been sent to high security prisons.

This recent wave of repression --which is being ignored by the world's press -- is racking up record numbers.  The total number of arrests for the first five months of this year stands at 4,941.  Taking into account that the actual number of arrests is higher, the average number per month stands at around 1,000.

To highlight the extent of this harassment, the Commission pointed to the case of  Guillermo Fariñas, winner of the Sakharov Prize, which is awarded by the European Parliament to prominent human rights activists in repressive regimes.  "He has been arrested every single monday for the past 19 weeks and has been subjected to torture,  beatings, induced hypothermia, and other sorts of mistreatment."

Fariñas is also subjected to constant death threats.  This past sunday, a high official of the Ministry of the Interior's secret police issued a death threat against him in public, which can be attested to by several witnesses.


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