Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge
Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on February 16, 2014
The men who sawed through the metal bars at Jorge Luis Garcia Perez’s
(Antunez) house at 5:30 in the morning last Tuesday were police, After
cutting the fence, they broke the latch and drove everyone sleeping in
the house out with blows, taking them prisoner. They were following
orders from the Ministry of the Interior. This information is already
old because a few hours later they were arrested again. But I just
connected and the post I wrote at home after taling with Iris on
On Monday, 10 February, Antunez started a hunger and thirst strike, in
protest for the police ransacking he was a victim of last Wednesday. He
is demanding the return of everything they took from his house. His wife
explained that it wasn’t a question of the material possessions, but of
a moral response that tries to limit these arbitrary actions.
There were two other men with them this morning, from the Orlando Zapata
Tamayo Civic Resistance Front, who joined the hunger strike. At this
time everyone continues the same stance, despite being isolated. The
activists’ cell phones were not returned by the police, to increase the
sensation of isolation and limit the visibility of the strike.
We have to look with horror on the fact that wearing the uniform or
carrying an ID card from the Department of State Security, provides
momentary impunity. The seeds of violence are planted in this social war
fueled by ideology; this is nothing new. But the end depends on people
of good will — if there are any left — both inside and outside of Cuba.
Who dares to propose, from Cuba, that Latin America and the Caribbean is
a Zone of Peace.
14 February 2014
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