Reporters Without Borders wonders if there is a Burmese connection:
“Even though some of the arrested dissidents were immediately released, this crackdown is in part a reminder of the ‘black spring’ of March 2003,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “While the eyes of the world were turned on the start of the war in Iraq, the Cuban government ordered a round-up of 90 dissidents, 75 of whom are still behind bars, including 20 journalists.”
“Is the regime in Havana this time trying to rival that of Rangoon, where a military clampdown has continued for several days and is holding the attention of the international community?” the organisation speculated.
RSF also reports that among those detained Thursday, are four independent journalists:
— Idania Yanes Contreras, a free-lancer.
— Yoel Espinosa Medrano and Félix Reyes Gutiérrez, both of Guillermo Fariñas’ Cubanacán Press agency.
Guerra, as RSF notes, as been through this before:
Guerra Pérez, 29, was arrested in similar circumstances, on 13 July 2005, just before a dissident demonstration. He was imprisoned for 19 months without trial, regularly beaten by his guards and several times needed treatent in hospital. He was sentenced, on 27 February 2007 to 22 months in prison for “disturbing public order” and released on 9 May this year.
Read more about Guerra here.
Reporteros sin Fronteras, en español, aqui.
(Cross-posted at Uncommon Sense)