It appears that the visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict XVI has had the opposite effect that most had hoped for. Instead of bringing some peace, albeit temporary, to this embattled and repressed nation, the papal visit seems to have unleashed a wave of terror across the island. The principle victims of this latest repression by the Castro dictatorship is Cuba’s growing opposition movement, who have taken the brunt of the violent forces of Cuban State Security. The brutal beatings and arrests of dissidents began weeks before the pope’s arrival, continued during his three-day visit, and persist to this day.
Andres Carrion, the courageous protestor who yelled “down with communism” during the papal Mass in Santiago remains in state custody and his condition as well as his whereabouts are unknown. The beating he received and his subsequent arrest has raised concerns at Amnesty International, who has opened an investigation into his case.
Independent journalist and former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer and his wife, Belkis Cantillo, a Lady in White, both remain imprisoned in an unknown location since their violent arrest this past Monday. Their fourteen-year-old daughter, Martha Beatriz, has been left alone without her parents and fears the worse.
New Details Emerge of Leading Dissident’s Kidnapping by State Security
Via the online newspaper, “Cuba Encuentro“. Daughter of Jose Daniel Ferrer and Belkis Cantillo narrates what she saw in her house, her parents being kidnapped by police agents.
“They took my mother, my father, and all those who were in my house.” declared the daughter of Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia
The daughter of the former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer and the Lady in White Belkis Cantillo said this Tuesday that she still does not know the whereabouts of her parents, who were arrested yesterday by police agents after they raided their home in the town of Palmarito de Cauto, in the province of Santiago de Cuba.
“The search of the house lasted from 3 PM to 9:30 PM”, declared 14 year old Martha Beatriz Ferrer Cantillo to CUBAENCUENTRO. She witnessed the police search.
The young girl said that her parents were taken without any shoes and with the same clothes they had on at that moment. An aunt of hers was also detained as were other dissidents who were in the house at that time, she explained.
Martha Beatriz noticed what was happening when she returned from school. “I saw police cars in front of the house, and at first I thought there had been an accident, but when I saw the State Security agents I imagined what was happening”, she affirmed. She explained that one of the detained dissidents screamed to her from the police vehicle he was in, saying that her parents had been arrested.
“I started to hit one of the police vehicles. I told them that I wanted to see my mother, and that I wanted to know why they were taking them. One official pushed me, and they dragged me out to the road. They threatened me and told me that they were aware that I was a minor but that, regardless, they were capable of doing anything to me”, narrated Martha Beatriz.
The daughter of the dissidents commented that the police did not let her go inside the house, and when she managed to get in she saw that they were doing a police search.
“When I entered my house, my 63 year old grandmother was screaming. They had pushed her. They [the agents] were in my dad’s room, stealing everything. They told me that it was a search order, but my grandmother told me that they did not show her a single document. She told me that my mother was beaten”, the youth expressed.
Continue reading the report on Jose Daniel Ferrer HERE.