Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 12 January 2017 — Police maintained a strong operation
Thursday around the headquarters of the 1010 Academy in the neighborhood
of Cerro, in Havana. Activists Joanna Columbié and Georlis Olazabal were
arrested while trying to access the site to participate in a conference
on constitutional law, said Eliécer Ávila, president of the independent
Somos+ (We Are More) movement.

"Since early this morning they have the block surrounded and do not let
anyone in or out of the house," said Avila. "We had organized a talk
with the attorney Wilfredo Vallin of the Cuban Law Associatio, but the
police did not allow him to leave his home," in La Vibora, he
told 14ymedio .

Meanwhile, scientist Oscar Casanella denounced the arrest of the artist
Tania Bruguera "on leaving Havana" when they were traveling in a vehicle
with "two mattresses and rice" for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in
the eastern part of the country.

In a telephone call, Casanella said the artist had been taken to the
Cotorro police station in Havana. However, the officer of the guard
there denied that Bruguera was there. "We do not have any Tanya here,
the one we have is a Nancy," the police officer said through the phone line.

This second consecutive day of arrests against activists takes place a
few hours after the replacement of the recently deceased Interior
Minister, Carlos Fernández Gondín, by Vice Admiral Julio César Gandarilla.

For the whole of 2016, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and
National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) documented a total of 9,940 arbitrary
arrests. A figure that "puts the Government of Cuba in first place in
all of Latin America," said the report of the independent organization.

Source: Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day /
14ymedio – Translating Cuba -

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