Church Denies Refuge to Cuban Dissidents, Allows Security Forces to Arrest Them

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Five Cuban democracy activists took refuge in the Cathedral of San Rosendo, a Catholic entity in the eastern province of Pinar del Rio.

They issued a video message calling for the respect of human rights and freedom for the Cuban people.

The activists warn the international community, including the Obama Administration, that there has been no real change in Cuba.

Finally, they ask for the support of Pope Francis, prior to his upcoming visit to Cuba.

The activists are Caridad León Valladares, Leodán Suárez Quiñones, Carlos Alberto Rodríguez Seruto, Michael Valladares Cala and Daudi Ermelo Lago.

In a shameful display, Catholic officials allowed Castro's secret police to enter -- and forcibly remove the activists -- from the Cathedral.

The Bishop, Jorge Enrique Cerpa, even called them "counter-revolutionaries."

Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Watch their video message below (or here):