Cuban Democracy Leader Arrested, Beaten for Support of U.S. Sanctions

Friday, June 13, 2014
Early Wednesday morning, the Castro regime ransacked the home of Cuban democracy leader, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez."  He was arrested, along with his wife, Yris Perez Aguilera.

During his imprisonment, Antunez was the subject of violent interrogations and beatings. He was thrown against walls, strangled twice until passing-out and injected with unknown substances.

According to Antunez, the authorities arrested him for his support of U.S. sanctions towards Cuba.

Last week, he led a document, signed by over 830 democracy activists, opposing recent efforts to ease U.S. sanctions toward Cuba.

These activists have sent this message to U.S. policymakers at great personal risk. 

In Cuba, it's easy (and even wins you favor) to state opposition to U.S. sanctions, but expressing support is punishable with up to 15 years in prison.

These are the men and women who are courageously challenging the regime on a daily basis.

They've suffered first-hand -- with their flesh and blood -- the consequences of decades of European and Canadian tourism, trade, investment and indifference.

Lifting U.S. sanctions would only multiply this, while unconditionally losing the only international leverage they have against Cuba's dictatorship.