Activists from the Resistance arbitrarily arrested in Palma Soriano placed in ‘provisional incarceration’ by Castro regime
Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba. Directorio Democrático Cubano. September 7, 2011. On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the families of the seven members of the Cuban Resistance who were violently arrested on August 28, 2011 in the city of Palma Soriano, were told by Castro regime officials that the activists will be jailed in what they referred to as “provisional incarceration.”
The activists, who belong to the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance Front and other resistance organizations, were beaten before being arrested during a raid on the home of opposition member Marino Antomarchit Rivero, where activities were taking place in support of the Ladies in White. That activity counted on the participation of several resistance organizations in eastern Cuba, among them the Patriotic Union of Cuba.
According to eyewitness accounts, repressive forces launched tear gas canisters through the window of the home and then entered wearing gas masks while the home’s inhabitants were coughing and vomiting due to the effects of the gas. The provincial prosecutor for Santiago de Cuba has issued a prison order for Miguel Rafael Cabrera Montoya, Alexis Kuan Jerez, Víctor Campa Almenares, Nivaldo Amelo Ramírez, José Enrique Martínez Ferrer, Alexei Aguirresabal Rodríguez, and Bismarck Mustelier Galán, alleging they are guilty of public disorder and creating a public commotion that “obligated” the police to intervene. This account is a fabrication that is being used at this moment to build a case for an unjust trial without due process for these peaceful defenders of human rights in eastern Cuba.