Pedazos de la Isla
Translator: Raul G.
In the early morning hours of Monday, September 12th, the dissident
blogger/journalist Luis Felipe Rojas announced through his Twitter that
he was in the town of Duaba, in Baracoa, reporting and taking part in
the National 'Zapta and Boitel Live' March for Freedom. The
demonstration is part of a nation-wide series of protests which aim to
commemorate the fallen Cuban prisoners, Orlando Zapata Tamayo and Pedro
Luis Boitel, who both died after lengthy hunger strikes demanding
justice and freedom, not only for them, but for all Cubans. At the
moment of his Tweet (at around 8:15 am), Rojas denounced that one
dissident- Roberto Gonzalez- had already been arrested while trying to
get to the protest.
Soon thereafter, Luis Felipe uploaded a photo of some of the activists
carrying out the march:
This image is the last heard of Luis Felipe Rojas, as well as the other
activists taking part in the protest (a total of 26), among them Rolando
Rodriguez Lobaina, coordinator of the Eastern Democratic Alliance.
Up to the moment, all these dissidents are still detained, and their
exact whereabouts are unknown, as seen by the latest Tweet coming from
Rojas' account, tweeted by his wife, Exilda Arjona:
alambradas_en Luis Felipe Rojas
Still don't know whereabouts of Luis Felipe Rojas, detained
yesterday while reporting Zapata & Boitel Live March (Note from Rojas' wife)
We demand that they all be released immediately.
Note: This post comes from the blog Pedazos de la Isla, which reports on
human rights issues in Cuba and closely follows the work of the
Translating Cuba bloggers.
13 September 2011