Image: Cuban Dissident Nearly Beaten to Death

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Cuban democracy activist, Rolando Diaz Silva, was viciously attacked with a metal pipe inside his home.

The attack has been attributed to tactics by Castro's security forces that seek to intimidate lesser-known dissidents and dissuade them from joining opposition groups.

After being beaten nearly to death, it took over four hours for an ambulance to arrive at Diaz Silva's home.

A group of six dissidents who protested the lack of medical attention were subsequently beaten and arrested by the authorities. They include Lourdes Esquivel, a Ladies in White activist, and Mario Alberto Hernandez, a recently released political prisoner from Obama-Castro's "Group of 53."

Below is an image of Diaz Silva after the attack.