Castro State Security responds to anniversary of Cuban opposition group with beatings and arrests

As the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) celebrated its 9th anniversary, the socialist Castro dictatorship sent its State Security goons to beat and arrest the peaceful dissidents. This is socialism in Cuba.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Arrests and beatings mark ninth anniversary of UNPACU

The opposition group, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), is denouncing approximately 20 arrests of its members.

According to the organization, the acts of repression, led and carried out by the Interior Ministry (MININT), were aimed at preventing a celebration on its ninth anniversary this past August 24.

Since the 22nd, reports of the first arrests of activists and supporters began to come in from Guantanamo.

Yesterday CubaNet reported on the case of Bartolo Cantillo and his wife Celina Osorio, who were violently arrested when they tried to pick up financial aid sent to them through a third party, which allegedly was under police surveillance.

“Ruben Claro went to a Western Union office on Saturday to pick up 244 CUC sent by the Cuban American National Foundation at UNPACU’s request in anticipation of difficulties they may have from Tropical Storm Laura. But the political police were waiting for him and when he stepped out of the office, he was beaten and robbed,” said Jose Daniel Ferrer, the leader of the opposition group.

Ferrer added that activist Yoendris Mators has also been detained and being held at a police station.

The UNPACU leader also said that throughout the week, hundreds of stickers, leaflets, and signs have been placed in different provinces and towns, above all in Santiago de Cuba. This campaign was kicked off on the anniversary of the organization and is also part of the “revolution of the sunflowers” campaign, which will come to an end on September 8.

This was the reason Karel Reyes Rivas, a promoter of Cuba Decide and a psychologist by profession, was arrested and fined 2,000 CUP on the 23rd. Supposedly, the activist had hung up an anti-government banner.

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