For the 25th consecutive Sunday, the Obama-backed apartheid regime of the Castro brothers carried out an island-wide operation of violent repression arresting more than 300 peaceful human rights and democracy activists. Although violent repression has been on the rise in Cuba since President Obama reversed U.S. policy to one that embraces Cuba’s apartheid regime and abandons dissidents, yesterday proved to be one of the most violent episodes of oppression since the president’s dubious shift in policy.
The courageous activists took to the streets this past Sunday in support of political prisoners being held in Castro gulags and to peacefully demand their release. UNPACU, one of the opposition groups involved in yesterday’s peaceful protest marches, bravely announced their intention to march on Sunday earlier in the week. Nevertheless, although they were fully aware of the violent response they would receive from Cuban State Security, their members, the Ladies in White, and other peaceful activists bravely carried out their march.
UNPACU has released a list of all those arrested HERE.
More than 300 activists arrested today in Cuba, many violently assaulted by state security
25 Sundays of repression in Cuba
The #WeAllMarch (#TodosMarchamos) campaign today marked the 25th Sunday of repression in Cuba against nonviolent dissidents with an escalation in the numbers detained and violence by regime agents. The bloodied face of Yriade Hernandez Aguilera was spread across social media today and his testimony made available by the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).
Opposition mobilized today to draw attention to a continuing injustice that arose with the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba. Zaqueo Báez, María Josefa Acón and Ismael Bonet are the three dissidents who were arrested for approaching Pope Francis before his first Mass in Cuba and remain imprisoned three weeks later. The three are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and are on hunger strike. Yesterday, UNPACU’s leader Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia announced that there movement would be protesting to demand the release of the three jailed activists and regime repression. Today that promise was carried out.
In addition UNPACU participated in various activities across the island. For example, in Havana, they joined with the Ladies In White (Damas De Blanco) as they gathered in Gandhi Park after Mass and began their peaceful march only to be attacked and detained by agents of the Castro regime. The march today was dedicated to the martyred founder of the Ladies in White, Laura Inés Pollán Toledo.
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Capitol Hill Cubans has additional reports HERE.