Political Police Threatens Neighbor of Dissident with Arrest

December 19, 2011

Roxilene Sotolongo Cruz & Ariel Gonzales Cueva

Image and report by Eriberto Liranza Romero.

This past 13th of October, Roxilene Sotolongo Cruz from Cervantes Avenue, #272 between Pinar del Rio and Yumuri, Parraga, Arroyo Naranjo was summoned before a political police official.

The State Security officials known as “Luis” and “Ale” carried out the interrogations and threats against Sotolongo.  “The citation stated that my presence in the police station was just for a ‘conversation’.  When the agent known as Luis arrived he began to threaten me, telling me that if my family and I continued our friendship with the family of Eriberto Liranza Romero, my husband Ariel Gonzales Cueva would lose his job, or something worse would happen to him.  He also assured us that our friendship with a ‘counter-revolutionary’ would bring consequences to my 25 year old son, who doesn’t even live with us“, declared Roxilene.

All of this is the wrong doing of these people.  I fear that they will comply with their threats, and I don’t have a way to maintain my family.  They already detained me once for helping the wife of Liranza to carry a couple of buckets of water when her husband was on hunger strike in January of this year.  I know that they don’t threaten just because.  If something happens to me or my family, they will be the responsible ones.  Meanwhile, we will not stop visiting or helping Liranza, because they are good neighbors, as opposed to the hypocrites and thieves nearby which wave around their Communist Party ID cards and revolutionary signs“, declared Ariel Gonzales, husband of Sotolongo.

 


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


CYMD and EDA

(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.


Number of Students Enrolling in Courses of Civil Disobedience Increases

October 8, 2011

(Havana, September 8th 2011)- The home of human rights activist and president of the Hard Line Front, Hermogenes Guerrero Gomez, continues to be a spot for Cubans to meet and learn about the current non-violent struggle and Civil Disobedience each Thursday.

The meeting, which was held in the neighborhood of La Guinera of the Arroyo Naranjo municipality consisted of more than a dozen dissidents of Havana’s regime.  At all times, the students proved to be motivated by the idea of learning about the methods which seek to accelerate a change of regime on the island.

The participants in this lecture were: Yamilet Clapé Leandro, Hard Line Front; Hermógenes Guerrero Gómez, President of Hard Line Front; Jennifer Suarez Varela, Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Movement; René Rouco Machín, president of the Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Movement; Osvanis,Hard Line Front; Raúl Parada Ramírez, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Caridad Ramírez Útria, Independent and Democratic Cuba Party; Heriberto Pons Ruíz, Independent and Democratic Cuba Party; Antonio Pérez Romero, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Luís Enrique López Torre, Cuban Council; and Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy.

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