State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba
14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo,
the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United
States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via
telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified
her that she was "restricted."
Cantillo explained that she tried to travel for health reasons because
for some time she has felt "badly in the kidneys."
According to the Dignity Movement leader, the clerk at the American
Airlines check-in counter in Frank Pais International Airport in Holguin
told her that she had to follow her and led her to an office where
officials from State Security and Immigration were waiting for her.
Although the activist did not receive any official documents that
supported a travel restriction, the agents indicated that she should
leave the airport at the end of the interrogation. On her way home, she
noticed that the car in which she was returning to Santiago de Cuba was
being "escorted" by the political police.
Cantillo, who lives in Palmarito de Cauto, in Santiago de Cuba province,
denounced that since the emergence of the Dignity Movement, she and the
other activists have had to resist the constant persecution of State
Earlier this year, Cantillo was detained for four days and on January
14, the founding day of the Dignity Movement, she was expelled, along
with a group of women, from the Shrine of the Virgin of the Charity of
Since then, says the opponent, the "threats" have not stopped and
several homes have been "raided" by State Security and police.
The Dignity Movement is demanding an immediate unconditional amnesty for
all those currently imprisoned for "pre-criminal dangerousness" and the
elimination of this "arbitrary" concept from the Penal Code.
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