Friday, August 6, 2010

Massive beatings and arrests of journalists and activists in Cuba

by Carmen Ferreiro


August 6, 2010


Photo: Protesters beaten and arrested in 1994’s Maleconazo.


On the 16th anniversary of the Maleconazo, a large scale protest that took place in Havana in 1994 due to public discontent over food shortages and energy blackouts, Cuba’s repressive forces conducted a massive arrest of human rights activists and independent journalists.


The arrested were detained, beaten, interrogated and later released. This took place yesterday near the U.S. Interests Section building on Cuba’s waterfront known as the Malecon. Among the arrested were human rights activists who wanted to peacefully mark the anniversary and independent journalists who were trying to enter the building to use the internet on their scheduled appointment day and time.


Those arrested were:


Alfredo Guilleuma “El Viejo Alfredo”, an elderly Human Rights Activist


Carmelo Rodríguez Rodríguez, Human Rights Activist and member of the Movimiento Línea Dura “Orlando Zapata Tamayo”


Daniel Anselmo Gonzalez, Independent Journalist and Vice President of the Comision for Assistance to Political Prisoners and their Families (CAPPF)


Ernesto Rodríguez López, Human Rights Activist


Enrique Labrada, Human Rights Activist


Hector Julio Cesar Cedeño, Blogger and Independent Journalist


Heriberto Liranza Romero, Human Rights Activist and member of the Movimiento Cubano de Jóvenes por la Democracia


Hermogenes Inocencio Guerrero, Human Rights Activist and Vice President of Naturpaz


Hidelbrando Chaviano, Blogger and Independent Journalist


Hugo Damian Prieto Blanco, President of the Movimiento Línea Dura “Orlando Zapata Tamayo”


Joel Lázaro Carbonell, Blogger and Independent Journalist and President of the Organización de Derechos Humanos Cubanos Libres


Jose Alberto Alvarez Bravo, Blogger and Independent Journalist


Juan Carlos Basallo Fregio, Human Rights Activist and member of the Partido Liberal de la República de Cuba


Juan Mario Rodríguez, Human Rights Activist


Julio Antonio Rojas Portal, Blogger and Independent Journalist


Omar Lafita Rojas, Independent Journalist and Attorney


Roby Gonzalez Torres, Independent Journalist and member of the Comision for Assistance to Political Prisoners and their Families (CAPPF)


Ruben Carty Lowe, Blogger and Independent Journalist who is the Director of Centro Informativo Cubano


Silvio Benítez Márquez, Independent Journalist and President of the Partido Liberal de la República de Cuba


Other activists were also detained and arrested whose names were not available at the time this information was reported.


This report was prepared from the testimonies of Dania Virgen Garcia (Blogger and Independent Journalist), Miguel Amado Reyes Fonseca (President of the Comision for Assistance to Political Prisoners and their Families CAPPF), Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez (Director of CHIPRESS), Segundo Miranda (President of the Centro de Derechos Humanos y Democracia Brigada 2506) and Sergio Pastor Martinez Carrazana (Independent Journalist).

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