Castro Cracks Down on Toys for Children

Friday, January 3, 2014
From The Miami Herald:

Cuban dissidents arrested in attempt to foil toy distribution drive gov’t supporters describe as “provacation”

Cuban police Friday detained several dissidents in what a pro-government blogger described as a coordinated crackdown on a planned “provocation” — giving children toys paid for by Miami exiles with alleged U.S. government backing.

Among those detained were José Daniel Ferrer, a former political prisoner and founder of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Ladies in White leader Berta Soler and her husband, former political prisoner Angel Moya.

UNPACU members reported that more than 40 State Security agents and police raided Ferrer’s home in the eastern town of Palmarito de Cauto early Friday and arrested him and several other group activists.

The police search warrant specifically mentioned toys, the members said. UNPACU and the Ladies in White in Havana planned to distribute toys to children this weekend to mark the Three Kings Day — Cuba’s traditional gift-giving day for children, which is on Jan. 6.