September was a record month for political repression in Cuba with over 700 arrests

The “reforms” of Cuban dictator Raul Castro are moving right along and the list of victims continues to grow and grow. The independent Cuban human rights organization UNPACU (Cuban Patriotic Union) is reporting a record month in politically motivated arrests in Cuba for the month of September.

In total, UNPACU documented 708 arrests of dissidents this past September. This is a total that in the past three years is superseded only by the almost 1,200 arrests that took place in March of 2012 during the wave of repression that swept the island before and during the visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

If you want a reliable set of statistics that provide insight and context to the so-called reforms of the Castro dictatorship, the table below tells you all you need to know:

Political Arrests in Cuba

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

January

117

268

631

364

February

235

390

604

504

March

83

264

1158

354

April

162

244

402

366

May

120

349

423

375

June

104

212

427

180

July

125

251

406

233

August

184

243

521

547

September

90

563

533

708

October

310

286

520

November

244

257

410

December

300

796

567

Annual Total

2074

4123

6602

3631(Year to date)

Monthly Average

173

344

550

403

And if raw numbers and statistics are too esoteric for you, Uncommon Sense has some more personalized tales of violent and brutal repression from just the past week that perfectly describe the “reforms” of Cuba’s dictatorship: