‘Free the Guantanamo Five’: Petition for the release of 5 Cubans arrested during the Caimanera protests

The Center for a FREE Cuba has launched a petition calling for the release of five Cubans who were violently arrested by the communist Castro dictatorship during a protest in Caimanera, Guantanamo.

Political trial against five nonviolent Cuban demonstrators is about to start. Amnesty International asks for their release. More than a thousand young Cubans are serving long sentences for participating in similar nonviolent protests in the summer of 2021.

What is happening

Hundreds of Cubans in the municipality of Caimanera, Guantanamo, Cuba on May 6, 2023 at 7:00pm took to the streets to demand “human rights”, “freedom” and chanted “Patria y Vida”. Videos circulated on social media, as well as live broadcasts captured protest images that went viral internationally.

Havana quickly shutdown the internet and deployed officers from the National Special Brigade of the Ministry of the Interior. The “black berets” violently put down the protests and arrested at least five protesters.

Yandris Pelier Matos, the brothers Felipe Correa Martínez and Luis Miguel Alarcón Martínez, and brothers Rodi and Daniel Álvarez González were violently detained for taking part in this non-violent protest and Luis Miguel Alarcón Martínez was taken away unconscious as a result of the beating he suffered.

You can sign the petition HERE.