Human Rights Defender arbitrarily detained and tortured in CubaHandcuffed human rights defender choked unconscious, injected with unknown substance and threatened by State Security agents.The news of the release of Jorge Luis Garcia “Antúnez” and Yris Pérez Aguilera on the morning of June 13, 2014 was widely reported and is a welcome relief to many around the world, but the testimony of the Cuban human rights defender and pro-democracy activist raised new concerns about the mistreatment he and his wife received and the threats made by State Security in the midst of a nationwide crackdown that saw dozens of civil society activists arrested.Both Jorge Luis Garcia “Antúnez” and Yris Pérez Aguilera were arrested in the midst of a raid on their home two days earlier at 6:00am on June 11, 2014 in Placetas, Cuba. Jorge Luis described how he experienced the raid on his home and his arbitrary detention:“The day they raided my home … I was asleep with my wife, I heard a sound I thought it was the dog or my niece from next door. I feel a rush of people entering my house. I feel everything thrown around. They jump on my bed, handcuffed me, and gagged my mouth. They did the same to my wife. I saw nothing more.”
The Cuban Democratic Directorate in its press release made known that “among the State Security officers Antúnez and his wife were able to identify are Eric Francis Aquino Yera and Mario Moré Perez.” Both agents participated in the cruel treatment against both activists at the State Security headquarters in the city of Santa Clara. These officials told Antúnez that the search and arrest were due to the growing number of anti-government posters appearing in Placetas, and that he had become an obstacle to the “normalization” of relations between the regime of Cuba and the United States. Antúnez also reported that they had orders from the Minister of the Interior “to bust me up”. The pro-democracy activist described what happened once they got to headquarters and the explanation from the regime officials of the why for the raid, ransacking and arrests.
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