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    Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Prison Impede his Activism

    Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Prison

    Impede his Activism

    Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 27, 2012

    Former political prisoner and general coordinator of the Patriotic Union

    of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, was kept in a dungeon for

    more than 72 hours during his most recent detention and was threatened

    by State Security agents that he could be sent back to prison if he

    continues participating in and organizing dissident activities

    throughout the Eastern region of the country. This time, his jailers

    filmed him on numerous occasions, such as when they read him an official

    warning letter which informed him that he'd be sent back to prison for

    continuing to cause what they termed as "public disorders".

    "They had that camera during the entire time, but they only filmed the

    parts they found necessary", explained Ferrer Garcia, "for example, when

    they put me in a cell with a terrible amount of heat, without food,

    without communication, and without my medicines for my health

    conditions- they didn't film any of that". The response of the dissident

    leader when they read him the warning was "that until in Cuba human

    rights are not respected, until there is no freedom, as long as Cubans

    can't decide for themselves and be protagonists of their own destinies,

    I am going to continue doing the same thing we have been doing, and many

    other things- in a peaceful manner- in favor of freedom and democracy".

    This most recent arrest of Ferrer Garcia took place on Friday, August

    24th, when UNPACU was celebrating its 1 year anniversary of having been

    created. For days prior to the date, combined forces of the political

    police, the Rapid Response Brigades, and State Security unleashed a wave

    of arrests and house raids against members of the mentioned organization

    throughout Eastern Cuba.

    One of the first cases was that of Jorge Cervantes García on August

    23rd, when a number of armed officials raided his home in Contramaestre,

    occupied many materials, threatened all those inside, and jailed

    Cervantes Garcia and his two underage children. He still remains detained.

    In the case of Ferrer, his home had been surrounded by police agents for

    various days until they finally raided the house on the morning of the

    24th. "They ransacked the house", said the dissident, "they robbed

    everything they felt like, and what they did not steal they destroyed. I

    am talking about even toys and belongings of my children…they have

    robbed them or destroyed them".

    In addition, in the home of Ferrer Garcia, as well as those of other

    UNPACU activists, the police took printers, cameras, laptops, pamphlets

    and other materials, none of which have been returned, as tends to happen.

    Marta Beatriz Ferrer Cantillo, 14 year old Lady in White and daughter of

    Jose Daniel, explained in an audio uploaded onto UNPACU's YouTube

    account that police agents beat all those inside the house in the moment

    of the arrest, including herself, her cousin, her mother (Belkis

    Cantillo) and an aunt. Her elderly grandmother was also inside the house

    and suffered a sharp increase in her blood pressure.

    Other detainees on that day were Anyer Antonio Blanco, Rafael Miguel

    Cabrera Montoya, Franklin Peregrino del Toro and Berta Guerrero Segura.

    The latter, who is the representative of the Ladies in White in Holguin,

    was arrested and mistreated along with her underage daughter, who she

    was carrying at the time of her arrest and forceful entry into a police


    Other reports denounced that another 6 homes were raided that day and

    more than 60 arrests occurred.

    Meanwhile, activist Luis Miguel Gomez Hernandez reported that a group of

    UNPACU members were arrested in the municipality of Gibara on that same

    Friday, among them Ladies in White like Yoandra Garrido Silva and

    Maydaly Garrido Silva, as they too celebrated the anniversary. Gomez

    Hernandez was one of the detainees that afternoon and explained that

    they were all subjected to "interrogations and threats that we could not

    leave Gibara and that we would not be allowed to carry out any dissident

    activity, and that not even the Ladies in White could to Mass on

    Sundays". This group was released but many other activists remain

    imprisoned, and some are on hunger strike (Ferrer Garcia put the number

    at more than 20).

    "Despite all that they have done to us, our activists celebrated the

    anniversary of UNPACU with marches, signs, pamphlets, slogans and other

    diverse ways, not only in the East but also in the West", said Ferrer

    Garcia, referencing the case of Hugo Damian Prieto Blanco, in Havana,

    who was arrested after carrying out commemorative events.

    Other activists of diverse pro-democracy groups also paid tribute to

    UNPACU and demanded freedom for their detained members, as was the case

    of Lady in White and member of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights

    and the Pro-Human Rights Party of Cuba, Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo, who

    carried out a public protest in Havana to commemorate the Day of the

    Resistance and in solidarity with the mentioned dissidents. In Placetas,

    Villa Clara, dissident leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" also

    included messages of freedom for Jose Daniel Ferrer and congratulating

    UNPACU as he also carried out a public protest along with other activists.

    Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia was released during the morning hours of

    Sunday, August 26th and was quick to reiterate his compromise with the

    pro-freedom movement in Cuba.

    "The tyranny is very afraid", affirmed the dissident, "and like a

    wounded beast, it will retaliate and cause lots of damage to peaceful

    people who want freedom for all Cubans, but we are willing to give it

    all. As Jose Marti said: 'Freedom has a high price, and it is necessary

    to either give up and live without her, or decide to obtain it at its


    For more information from Cuba:

    Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia – Phone: +5353-146-740 // Twitter: @jdanielferrer

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