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    Another Sunday of Repression of Activists Throughout the Country

    Another Sunday of Repression of Activists Throughout the Country / 14ymedio
    Posted on October 13, 2015

    14ymedio, Havana, 12 October 2015 – A new round of repression against
    activists was experienced in Cuba this Sunday. The arrests began in the
    early morning hours in order to prevent dissidents from participating in
    the march on Fifth Avenue in Havana, which on this occasion included a
    tribute to the late leader of the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan.

    The march through this downtown street was joined by 57 Ladies in White
    and 21 human rights activists, in addition to the mother and grandmother
    of artist Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto. The walk began in Gandhi Park,
    next to the Santa Rita Parish in the Miramar neighborhood. Later several
    dissidents were arrested, among them the blogger Lia Villares and
    dissident Antonio G. Rodiles.

    Activist Arcelio Molina Leyva reported to 14ymedio that “the
    headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) was raided, and
    they stole everything they could,” besides detaining “those who were
    there.” The dissident detailed that among those arrested were Jose
    Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Ovidio Martin Castellanos and Yriade Hernandez

    UNPACU had called for a demonstration this Sunday for the liberation of
    three of its members who were arrested after approaching Pope Francis
    before his mass in Revolution Plaza. Activists Zaqueo Baez Guerrero and
    Ismael Bonet Reni continue in custody and presumably on hunger strike,
    according to members of their organization.

    At least twenty activists from UNPACU were driven by police to the Third
    Police Unit in the city of Santiago de Cuba. The number of arrests
    throughout the country has been calculated by opposition sources at more
    than 200 people.

    Hours after his arrest, opposition leader Jose Daniel Ferrer was freed.

    Translated by Mary Lou Keel

    Source: Another Sunday of Repression of Activists Throughout the Country
    / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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