After the communist Castro dictatorship deployed its police, its State Security thugs, its military, and its elite special forces in preparation for the first anniversary of the July 11 uprising, it put them to good use.
More than 100 acts of repression on the first anniversary of July 11 in Cuba
The Cuban Observatory of Human rights (OCDH) reports there were more than 100 acts of repression around the first anniversary of the July 11 protests in Cuba. One of the main targets of the oppression were family members of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
The partial report only contains data up until noon on the island, according to the organization headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
As of the date and time of the report from OCDH, they documented 105 acts of repression with the most serious ones being arbitrary arrests and individuals being placed under house arrest. They also reported on others being summoned to report to police stations, threats, and telephone and internet service cut offs.
One of the main targets of the oppression are family members of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. They received threats to stay inside their homes and not go out on the street along with other warnings and threats.
OCDH reported that among those arrested were opposition leader Guillermo Coco Fariñas, the 2013 EU Sakharov Prize recipient who was detained on Friday the 8th and whose family members have since not been allowed to have any contact with him.
Beginning last week, State Security deployed a massive nationwide operation with the objective of preventing citizens from commemorating the first anniversary of the July 11 protests.
The regime in Havana is currently holding 953 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. During the first quarter of 2022, there were 2,977 acts of oppression documented, among them 719 arbitrary arrests and 636 others illegally placed under house arrest.