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Cuba’s ‘reformed’ Castro dictatorship records 652 political arrests in July, raises yearly total to over 6,500

Reporta Cuba /foto/angel moya habana policias al acecho

While a slick propaganda campaign rages on in the U.S. portraying Cuba's repressive apartheid dictatorship as a "reformed" regime the U.S. government and American businesses should be engaging, violent oppression on the island continues at a fevered pitch. Just past the halfway mark of 2014, the totalitarian Castro regime has already recorded 6,550 political arrests and is averaging nearly 1,000 arrests per month. As of the end of July, the political arrests recorded in 2014 have already surpassed the number of arrests recorded in all of 2013. Furthermore, at the current pace Cuban State Security is arresting dissidents, human rights activists, and opposition members, the Castro dictatorship is poised to break the current yearly record of 6,602 arrests achieved in 2012 within the first week of August.

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

 652

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

6,550
(7 mos)

Monthly Avg

173

344

550

536

936

Quarterly Avg

285 (Q4)

446 (Q4)

798 (Q1)

931 (Q4)

652 (Q3)

 


Read the report (in Spanish) at Martí Noticias.

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