Cuban dissidents suffer violent beatings and arrests ahead of papal visit

The level of violence and repression by the Castro dictatorship against Cuban dissidents has increased exponentially in recent days as the Cuban regime desperately tries to quash any plans for public protests during the visit by Pope Benedict XVI beginning March 26, 2012.

  • In Havana, Cuban human rights activist Nirurka Luque Alvarez remains imprisoned, suffering epileptic seizures and her health deteriorating from lack of medical attention and the injuries she suffered from a brutal beating by Castro State Security agents. Read more HERE.
  • In Santiago de Cuba, State Security agents went to the home of Cuban opposition member Jorge Cervantes Garcia last night and began to violently beat the activist before finally arresting and taking him away. Read more HERE.
  • In Marianao, Cuba, democracy activists Sonia Garro Alfonso and her husband Ramon Alejandro Muñoz were accosted by agents of the Castro dictatorship’s State Security who shot at them and their house with rubber bullets before violently beating and arresting the couple. Their sixteen-year-old daughter, Elaine, was left alone at the house, terrified and traumatized, with no idea where her parents are and the state of their health. Read more HERE.

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