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Is there a nationwide crackdown underway in Cuba?

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Is there a nationwide crackdown underway in Cuba?
Human Rights Defenders violently repressed today in Cuba

A half-dozen members of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), including its leader Jose Daniel Ferrer, were beaten and arrested yesterday on their way to Las Tunas from from Santiago de Cuba.

At 6:00am today (June 11, 2014) in Cuba the home of Cuban democracy activists Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" and Yris Perez Aguilera was assaulted as they slept and ransacked by state security agents.  They were beaten and taken away. Following their arrest Yris managed to send out some tweets informing what happened:

They have us in police instruction after they raided our house @yriscuba
SOS In deep sleep Political police raided the house @yriscuba
They assaulted our home. @yriscuba

Damaris Moya Portieles, president of the Opposition Movement for a Free Cuba, from Santa Clara informed the Cuban Democratic Directorate that she had "recieved a message of Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera that says that "at six in the morning her home was raided by the National Revolutionary Policy and State Security, where they were arrested and at this moment are in the Police Instruction unit here in the city of Santa Clara."

At 12:29pm the Cuban Democratic Directorate tweeted that twelve activists of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo (OZT) Front in Camagüey were detained for demanding freedom for Yris and Antunez.

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