Prominent Cuban dissident arrested by State Security upon his return to Cuba

Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas had traveled to Europe and the U.S., denouncing the oppression of the communist Castro dictatorship. When he returned home, State Security was waiting for him.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Coco Fariñas arrested upon his arrival at Jose Martí Airport in Havana

As he had promised, the leader of the United Anti-Totalitarian Front (FANTU), Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, returned to Cuba on Tuesday after an extensive tour that took him from the U.S. to European countries. The tour included testifying before the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee.

The reaction by the totalitarian Cuban regime was expected and on his arrival at the airport in Havana, Fariñas was arrested by State Security agents. His current whereabouts are unknown and no court order calling for his arrest has been disclosed.

“At this moment Coco Fariñas was just arrested when he arrived at the Jose Martí Airport in Havana. The only information officials gave my family members is that we should wait until he is released. We don’t know what their intentions are or the reason for the arrest,” wrote the dissident’s daughter, Haisa Fariñas, on Twitter.

“I spoke to the president of the European Parliament about the terrible impunity the Cuban regime has enjoyed in the trials against protesters from July 11 last year, the severe sentences imposed, including on children. And I mentioned specific cases,” said Fariñas in a conversation with Roberta Metsola during his time in Brussels.

The dissident explained he was able to see “the great anger” with the regime in Havana felt by Europe, above all its support for Russia in the conflict with Ukraine. “I hope this opens more eyes to certain political forces and they will be more demanding with the Cuban government,” he said.

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