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    Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial

    Posted on Friday, 11.01.13

    Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM

    Cuba suspended the trial scheduled for Friday of three democracy
    activists arrested during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit last year, and a
    jailed dissident rapper was reported to be maintaining his two-week-old
    hunger strike in a hospital.

    No explanation was given why the government called off the trial of
    Ladies in White member Sonia Garro, her husband Ramón Alejandro Muñoz,
    and activist Eugenio Hernández Hernández.

    Prosecutors accused them of trying to kill policemen when they resisted
    a raid on Garro’s home on March 17, 2012. Police allegedly used tear gas
    and Garro was allegedly shot in her leg with a rubber bullet during the
    raid. Prosecutors have asked for a 14-year sentence for Muñoz, 11 for
    Hernandez and 10 for Garro. No new trial date was set.

    A large group from the dissident Ladies in White had planned to gather
    outside the Havana courtroom Friday to show their support for Garro.

    Opposition activists, meanwhile, reported that on Friday Angel Yunier
    Remón Arzuaga, who has been on a hunger strike for two weeks to protest
    his imprisonment since March, was in an intensive care unit of a
    hospital in the eastern city of Bayamo.

    Remón stopped eating solid foods in mid-September, stopped taking
    liquids a week ago and was taken from prison to the Carlos Manuel de
    Cespedes Hospital on Oct. 29, according to reports from dissidents.

    A member of the rapper duo The Sons that No One Wanted, he was arrested
    March 25 for allegedly attacking a state security agent during a
    demonstration outside his home by a pro-government mob in what is known
    as an “act of repudiation.”

    The respected Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
    Reconciliation reported that police carried out 909 short-term arrests
    of dissidents during October, the second highest monthly total in four
    years. Authorities carried out a record 1,158 arrests to avert public
    protests during Benedict’s visit in March of 2012, the commission’s
    report showed.

    Dissidents have been complaining of increased repression in recent
    months, including violent arrests, short-term detentions designed to
    harass and intimidate opposition activists and dismissals from jobs or
    schools.

    Source: “Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial – Cuba – MiamiHerald.com” –
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/01/3725721/cuba-suspends-dissidents-trial.html#storylink=misearch

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