Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested And Beaten In Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio
Posted on January 26, 2016
14ymedio, Havana, 25 January 2016 — Cuban activists have again
experienced a repressive Sunday with the arrest of more than a hundred
opponents throughout the island. The leader of the Patriotic Union of
Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was violently arrested in Santiago
Cuba, according to sources in his organization.
About 130 members of the UNPACU and the Ladies in White movement were
arrested in the eastern province while trying to reach the Shrine of Our
Lady of Charity of Cobre. Police and special forces intercepted them at
various points along the busy road to the church, said the national
coordinator of the organization, Yriade Hernández Aguilera.
The testimony of Santiago activists said that the UNPACU leader's arrest
occurred at 7:40 am Pajuil, a place of the road to El Cobre where police
often set uptheir checkpoint. Opponents say they were surrounded by more
than 35 troops, which threw him down and after he was immobilized on the
ground they kicked him.
Ferrer and the other members of the organization arrested in the morning
were released shortly afterwards.
In Havana, 70 people, including activists and Ladies in White, made it
to the parish of Santa Rita in the neighborhood of Miramar. Angel Moya,
a former prisoner of the Black Spring, denounced the previous arrest of
12 women in the organization, to prevent them from reaching the site.
In its summary for last year, the independent Cuban Commission for Human
Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported that "political
repression increased steadily throughout 2015 from 178 cases in January
to figures in the vicinity of 1000 arrests by year's end."
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