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Nearly 1,000 political arrests in Cuba during the month of June

While Havana-organized propaganda campaigns calling for the unilateral removal of sanctions against Cuba's apartheid regime are taking place here in the U.S., the violently repressive Castro dictatorship continues to set records for political repression, human rights abuses, and violent arrests of dissidents and opposition members. The so-called reformed dictatorship of Raul Castro is indeed changing; it is becoming more violent, more repressive, and more brazen in its quest to seek out and destroy any semblance of dissent and any hope for liberty and human rights in Cuba. At this year's current rate, which recorded nearly 1,000 political arrests on the island in the month of June, the Cuban people are experiencing a fourfold increase in political repression for 2014 in comparison with 2010.

Via the Latin American Herald Tribune:

Opposition Group Slams Cuba’s 963 Political Arrests in June

HAVANA – The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) said on Tuesday that at least 963 arrests were made for political reasons last month on the Communist-ruled island.

In its monthly report, the commission noted the cases of independent journalists Guillermo Fariñas and Roberto de Jesus Guerra, and of former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia.

The commission said that Fariñas, a resident of the central city of Santa Clara, was detained almost every Monday in June, as he was during the previous month, “to prevent his organization from holding the meetings it had planned,” and said that he was “submitted on almost every one of those occasions to the torture of being confined in extremely cold temperatures.”

The group also said there have been “physical aggression and other forms of intimidation” against members of the Ladies in White movement, and that the members of the Cuban Network of Community Communicators, directed by ex-political prisoner Maria Beatriz Roque, have been the target of “systematic detentions and other forms of harassment.”

Judging by that record, the opposition commission considers that “political repression of peaceful dissidents and of the political opposition continued, beyond any small variations of purely statistical importance.”

Another communique from the group, released in late June, said that the number of political prisoners in Cuba has now risen to 114.

The Cuban government considers dissidents to be “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries” at the service of the United States.

And here are the numbers for the month of June:

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Political arrests in Cuba since 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

806

April

162

244

402

366

905

May

120

349

423

375

 1120

June

104

212

427

180

 963

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

December

300

796

567

1.123

Annual Total

2.074

4.123

6.602

6.424

5,898
(6 mos)

Monthly Avg

173

344

550

536

983

Quarterly Avg

285 (Q4)

446 (Q4)

798 (Q1)

931 (Q4)

996 (Q2)

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