Prominent Democracy Leader Denied Permission to Leave Cuba

Sunday, January 18, 2015
From Cubanet (via Translating Cuba):

Democracy leader Antonio Rodiles is not allowed to leave Cuba

The director of the opposition group Estado de SATS, Antonio G. Rodiles, reported last week that the regime has refused to allow him to leave the country.

The opponent was arrested the day of Tania Bruguera’s #YoTambienExijo performance, with his wife, artist Ailer Gonzalez, whose passport was also withheld. Bruguera, currently in Havana, has also been denied permission to leave the country.

Cubanet spoke with Rodiles by telephone. He explained how he had gone to the office of the Ministry of the Interior, where passports are processed to renew his passport (the Cuban passport is valid for six years, but must be “renewed” every two to maintain its “validity”), and the official attending him, after searching for his name on the computer, simply informed him that his passport could not be renewed; and, consequently, he could not travel abroad “for reasons of public interest.”

Days earlier, during the arrests that Rodiles and his wife, Ailer Gonzalez (pursuant to Bruguera's attempted performance at Revolutionary Square), one agent of the Ministry of Interior told Gonzalez to hand over both passports, which she did not do.

It is significant is that, so far, Rodiles and Ailer Gonzalez, who had no direct involvement in organizing Bruguera‘s performance, are the only opponents against whom the government has taken this step.