Après the EU, the Deluge

Rafael Martel has posted a dispatch describing an apparent clamp down on opposition members. This is what I gather from the report. A number of the opposition are whereabouts unknown. The group that has been protesting the treatment of Iris Pérez Aguilera’s brother, a political prisoner, was on the streets in the wee hours of the morning when they were picked up by a phalanx of vehicles and security types. Among those apprehended were Iris Pérez Aguilera, Jorge Luis García Pérez Antúnez, Yuniesky García López, Alcides Rivera Rodríguez, Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, and Idania Yanes Contreras. “Coco” Fariñas seems to have been singled out for rough treatment. The others were released near their homes, but he was taken away and denied medical treatment for chest pains, doubtless induced by having two security goons sitting on him.

Meantime on the same day, an act of repudio was being carried out at the home of Belinda Salas Tápa[n]es, independent journalist and Flamur, the federation of rural women, president. 26 State security people searched her home and detained a number of people. Two others on the way there, Javier Sol Díaz and Lázaro Joaquín Alonso Román, have not been heard from. More detentions from yet another group in the vicinity of the home of Martha Crespo. The whereabouts of some of this group are also unknown. It is to be hoped that this is not the beginning of the new wave of heightened repression they’ve been fearing.