More Activism (and Repression)

Thursday, May 27, 2010
On Tuesday, representatives of a dozen opposition groups congregated at Havana's Parque Central [Central Park] to honor Cuban pro-democracy leaders, Pedro Luis Boitel and Orlando Zapata Tamayo -- both of whom died from hunger strikes in political prison.

Amongst the participants were representatives of the Partido Pro-Derechos Humanos [Human Rights Party], Movimiento Andréi Sajárov [Andrei Sakharov Movement], Movimiento Pro-Derechos Civiles Rosa Parks [Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement], Liga Cívica Martiana [José Martí Civic League] and the Presidio Político Pedro Luis Boitel [Pedro Luis Boitel Political Prisoner Movement].

The opposition activists held signs and demanded freedom for Cuba's political prisoners.

According to Cuban independent journalist, Carlos Serpa Maceira, the Castro regime's paramilitary "Rapid Response Brigades" surrounded the activists, assaulted them (Serpa himself was almost strangled) and dragged them to a local police station.

They were subjected to threats and abuses at the police station, and were finally released from the holding cells late in the evening. However, independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is still being held at the station, and the authorities are threatening to "deport" him [from Havana] back to the province of Camagüey in central Cuba.

Courtesy of #OZT.