Cubans from Havana Protest Against Police Abuse

April 22, 2012

During the afternoon hours of this past 16th of April, more than five-hundred people joined a heated protest in the centric Fraternity Park in Havana.  They were protesting against the manner in which members of the PNR (National Revolutionary Police) carried out the arrest of a young citizen who had been detained because of a quarrel with another citizen.  The abuse carried out by the officials was sufficient to detonate a display of popular discontent.

While the police officers violently handcuffed and transferred the young Cuban, the people there started to scream: “abusers, assassins, release the young man, stop mistreating him”.  The police officers, upon seeing that they were outnumbered, decided to start releasing the Cuban from his handcuffs.  The marks of the cuffs on the young man’s hands provoked further rage.  A man who seemed to be older than seventy shouted, “you are all a bunch of abusing henchmen”.

During the incident, Jorge Castorbery Dias Dias, president of the Democratic Voice of the People Movement, was detained.  Dias was at the scene taking photographs.  One State Security official rushed up to the human rights activist and shoved and handcuffed him, then introduced him into the police vehicle.  However, he was taken by other officials of that same oppressive entity.  During the arrest, Jorge received physical blows on the head as he was shoved against the roof of the vehicle.

Amid the denouncements of the activist which stated that his arrest was arbitrary, the response from the official was “you know that this is Cuba, and that you cannot do that here.  Besides, I know who you are, I know you’re a well known counter-revolutionary”.  Jorge was taken to the Dragones Unit of Old Havana and locked away in a dungeon for more than three hours.  He was threatened by the political police and then was released.

Photos and Report courtesy of Eriberto Liranza Romero; Information and Press Commission of the CYMD. 


New Opposition Movement Founded in Arroyo Naranjo

December 22, 2011

This past 10th of October, The Resistance Front inaugurated the Brothers to the Rescue Freedom and Democracy Movement.

The headquarters of this dissident movement will be in Cisneros Betancourt Street, #1294 between 3rd and Lindero, Los Pinos, Arroyo Naranjo, Havana.  The BRFDM is presided over by Caridad Ramirez Utria, whom lives near that same address.

This Movement is affiliated to the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Resistance Front, will be guided by the principles of the Declaration of Human Rights and its international pacts in regards to civil liberties.  We know that repression in Cuba aims to destroy these desires for freedom, but we are challenging the dictatorship in a non-violent manner.  We know that God will grant us victory if we continue to be firm in our ideas,” declared Ramirez Utria.

The Brothers to the Rescue Movement pays homage to the exile organization of that same name which saved so many Cuban lives out in the open sea as they tried to achieve freedom.  We will continue their brave example“, said Heriberto Pons Ruiz, vice-president of the organization.

The inauguration activity concluded with a peaceful march through the streets of Arroyo Naranja.  The following activists participated:  Caridad Ramírez Utria; Hermógenes Guerrero Gómez; Heriberto Pons Ruiz; Yamilet Clapé Leandro; Raúl Parada Ramírez; Yosvanis Gonzales Lemus; René Rouco Machín; Jennifer Suarez Varela; Idania Torres Rondón.

New Independent Library Inaugurated in Parraga

October 9, 2011

This past 22nd of September, human rights activists and librarians inaugurated the Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Independent Library in Estrella Street, #88, between Pinar del Rio and Yumuri, Parraga, Arroyo Naranjo.

Jennifer Suarez Varela, director of the new library stated that she was “very content with doing something useful for the community which is already starting to wake up in the face of so much repression and censorship”.  The participants spent more than two hours of lecture with Suarez Varela and also helped her organize material to be offered to the inhabitants of Arroyo Naranjo.

The promoters of this activity were Hermógenes Guerrero Gómez, President of the Hard Line Front; Jennifer Suarez Varela, Juan Wilfredo Soto García Movement; René Rouco Machín, President of the Juan Wilfredo Soto García Movement; Raúl Parada Ramírez, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Caridad Ramírez Útria, Democratic and Independent Cuba Party ; Heriberto Pons Ruíz,Democratic and Independent Cuba Party; Antonio Pérez Romero, Cubna Youth Movement for Democracy; Luís Enrique López Torre, Cuban Council; Cándida Pedroso Hernández, Juan Wilfredo Soto García Movement; and Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy.

Resistance, on the Day of the Resistance

October 9, 2011

It was approximately 6:00 pm, we had been able to get together various activists and group leaders that were supposed to be present on the 24th of September.  Days prior, the executive board of the National Front had convoked a national ‘pots and pans’ protest for that day, which had been designated as the Day of Resistance.

We were carrying the Front’s flag, better looking than ever- that fist held high in the air- and we had the desire to take to the streets to let the people know that we were there to defend their rights.  And we also wanted to prove to the tyranny that without the presence of their assassins, nothing would happen to us.

We were correct.  Upon going out to the street and shouting our slogans, the people stepped out.  There were even those  who echoed our shout of ‘Down with the dictatorship‘.  Much to the shock of those present, we marched up and down the street, we were successful.  The National Front triumphantly marched.

It took the henchmen around 1 hour to recruit the mob that always attacks us.  The majority of the ‘staff’ do not work on Saturdays and they were only able to get a group of older people.  Behind the quixotic troops, the political police and State Security deceitfully approached.  We bravely waited for them, some of us with our arms crossed, while some of us responded with the opposite slogans of the ones being shouted at us.

The mob stopped in its tracks, they did not think we would stay standing there during their confrontation.  A military order led them to surround us, and like vile cowards, they began to beat us.  I was able to see how they took Antunez away by pushing him and shoving him into a vehicle of the political police.  Ramses suffered the same fate.  And then it was my turn.  I continued to sing the national anthem, stronger than ever.  I wasn’t even finished when a punch on my face impeded me from singing the last note.  “I forgive you”, I told the aggressor who was wearing a blue shirt.  Another blow led me to repeat the same phrase, this time with a bit more- “I forgive you, when Cuba is free you will live without fear because I would never do this to you just for thinking differently”.

Three men were carrying Sara Marta after having beat her.  One of them continued to hit her until she was put in the vehicle which kidnapped her.  As for Julio, Sara’s husband, he was also dragged into the Jeep in which I was being kept.  No one else fit in that car.  I was there with Hermogenes Guerrero, all swollen from so many physical blows, barefoot, and with torn clothes.  Ramses was also there.  Julio was thrown on top of us.  There was blood coming from his mouth from all the aggression.

The uniformed police official sped off form that place and took us to the National Revolutionary Police Unit of Santiago de Las Vegas.  We left behind  activists in the home of Sara Marta who also were resisting and suffered acts of vandalism.

CYMD Activist Arrested

October 9, 2011

Carlos Alexander Borrego Galardy

This past 25th of September, the activist from the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy, Carlos Alexander Borrego Galardy, was detained.  The arrest was carried out by State Security officials and took place in public at 12:30 pm.  The political police officials “Eri” and “Nelson” violently approached him on 41st and 76th Street in the municipality of Marianao.  The human rights activist and his wife, Ariadna Berlan Rosares, were on their way to the headquarters of the Cuban Youth Movement in Parraga.  Carlos Alexander was taken to the 6th Police Unit of that same municipality and three hours later he was taken in another police vehicle to the 5th Police Unit of the Playas municipality.  Borrego Galardy was threatened with “an increase in repressive measures towards dissidents of the regime” by officer “Eri”.  According to Galardy, the official added that “they wouldn’t think twice about taking the tanks out to the street”.  The activist was released on the 26th, 24 hours after his arrest.

Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy and the Eastern Democratic Alliance Carry Out Protest in Velazco

October 8, 2011


(Holguin, September 11th 2011)- Activists from the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy and the Eastern Democratic Alliance carried out a protest against the Castro dictatorship on this day in the city of Velazco.

Yonard Rodriguez Avila, delegate of CYMD in that neighborhood of Holguin, declared that “more than 8 activists met” in his house “and began to publicly protest against the abuses committed by the communists against the Ladies in White and other peaceful dissidents”.

After the protest, the dissidents went to the cities’ park, where they continued to express their nonconformity because of the increase of the repression in the Eastern region of the country.

Present in the protests were:

In represenation of CYMD: George Luis L eyva; Carlos Peña Ramírez, Josué Peña Batista; Lizet González Rodríguez; Pablo Reyes; Yonard Rodríguez Ávila.

In representation of EDA: Mari Blanca Ávila Expósito y Arisbel Guerrero Rodríguez.

New Opposition Movement Inaugurated in Havana

October 8, 2011

Activists in the inauguration of the Juan Soto Pro-Human Rights Movement

(Havana, September 8th 2011)- Various human rights activists met in the home of dissident Rene Rouco Machin, in Parraga, in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, to pay tribute to the fallen Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia, a dissident who was assassinated by the Castro police in the city of Santa Clara.  In the activity which took place in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Havana, the group inaugurated the Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Pro-Human Rights Movement.

“This is a dream come true, for a while now I have been wanting to pay tribute to Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia.  I believe that by founding a movement which carries his name he will be alive among us.  Every 8th day of each month, our movement will meet to pay tribute to this martyr for the freedom of Cuba.  Our goal is the freedom of the nation of Juan W. Soto Garcia and we will continue peacefully demanding, but in resistance”, declared Rouco Machin.

The Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Pro-Human Rights Movement will establish its headquarters on Estrella Street, between Pinar del Rio and Yunuri, Parraga, Arroyo Naranjo.  The executive board of this movement is made up of its President, Rene Rouco Machin, and the secretariat Jennifer Suarez Varela.