CUBAN ACTIVISTS FACING DEATH THREATS, REPEATED DETENTION, AND PHYSICAL ATTACKS

NED’s Democracy Alert on August 9, 2013, reported on the growing threats in Cuba against democracy activists. Excerpts below:

According to independent journalist and labor union leader Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, last month, Cuban state security agents told him that they are “awaiting orders to kill you all.” The threat to his and other activists’ lives came during an attack against democracy activists, including members of the leading group Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White). After attending church in the town of Colón, 12 members of the Ladies in White were detained and beaten, along with Patriotic Union of Cuba members Félix Navarro and Angel Moya, activist Lázaro Díaz Sánchez, and the spokesperson of the Independent Trade Union Coalition of Cuba, Mr. Hernandez Carrillo. In many cases, they required medical attention for broken bones or head injuries. In addition, in the town of Cárdenas, 11 members of the Ladies in White were detained while on their way to attend church.

This latest wave of severe repression has continued over the past month, with activists being regularly detained and beaten.

The Ladies in White movement was formed by the relatives of the 75 political prisoners, including Félix Navarro, Angel Moya, and Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, who were imprisoned during the infamous “Black Spring” in 2003. Today, the Ladies in White and other activists under threat from the Cuban government actively protest human rights violations and work for a more democratic Cuba.

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