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Police brutality leaves female dissident leader unconscious and hospitalized

It’s not rare for Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera to suffer a beating by uniformed agents in Cuba.  Both she and her husband, the renown dissident and former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ‘Antunez’, live under constant police vigilance, which does not allow them- the majority of times- to freely move throughout their own city of residence, Placetas, or throughout the country, for that matter.  And when they manage to surpass vigilant cordons and arrive to other destinations, they are eventually intercepted and deported.  This was proven once again on Thursday, March 7th 2013, when the activist was brutally beaten by State Security agents and left lying unconscious on a street in the city of Santa Clara.

Perez Aguilera, president of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights, was with other women of the group participating in the weekly march they carry out every Thursday to pay homage to Cubans who have died while trying to achieve freedom in the country, when the violence took place.  It was around 9 AM when the others were detained: Damaris Moya, Yanisbel Valido, Natividad Blanco, Ramona García and Yris Tamara Aguilera herself.

The women were taken directly to cells in different police units throughout the region, but agent Eric Francis Aquino Yera and one known as Misael kept Yris in a separate police vehicle, by herself, from which she was taken out, or better said- dragged out- by her hair and thrown against the pavement various times to the point that she was left unconscious after suffering blows to the head, according to declarations made by Antunez in an audio published on the YouTube account “PlacetasCuba100″ (belonging to Yris Perez).

Minutes later, some neighbors showed up to the home of Damaris Moya in Santa Clara and told her husband, Yanoisy Contreras, that there was a person abandoned out in the road, passed out.  “We first thought it would be a drunkard”, said Antunez in the audio, “but when Yanoisy went to the corner of the block and saw that heart-wrenching scene, where Yris was just thrown there, bleeding and passed out… we urgently took her to the 20th Anniversary Hospital of Santa Clara”.

Yris’ condition was grave, which is why she was rushed to the Armando Milian Castro Hospital, located in the same city, where she was submitted to various exams.  However, the hospital authorities, in collaboration with State Security, expelled Yris Tamara from the hospital as soon as she gained her conscious back.

Upon arriving to Moya’s home, other dissidents who displayed solidarity with Yris were detained, among them Michel Oliva Lopez and Alberto Reyes Morales.  Others in Sagua la Grande, Villa Clara and Velasco, Holguin also were surrounded and arrested for protesting against the events.

“We are highlighting the seriousness of this situation”, said Antunez about his wife, “we hold the dictatorship accountable for the life of Yris”.

At around 7:30 PM it was reported, via Twitter, that when Antunez was taking Yris back towards Placetas, she suffered another loss of consciousness, as detailed in this other audio.

Due to the countless beatings she has received- product solely of political persecution- Perez Aguilera has developed a cyst in the lower back part of her neck.  She frequently suffers migraines, dizziness spells and other sharp pains due to this wound which she has not been able to tend to medically.


Eric Francis Aquino Yera, one of the agents who attempted against the life of Yris this Thursday, is the same official who, in 2012, threatened to rape the 5 year old daughter of Damaris Moya- Lazara Contreras.

The attack against the president of the Rosa Parks Movement comes the day prior to International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world.

These beatings have not managed to force Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera to give up her fight in the past, which gives rise to an important question- what is the real news here?  Is it the fact that the dissident was repressed? Or, rather, that she keeps going out to the streets demanding rights for all Cubans, despite whatever kind of consequence?  

For more information form Cuba, contact:

Jorge Luis García Pérez ‘Antúnez’ – Cell Phone: +52-731-656 / Twitter: @antunezcuba

 

(VIDEO) Dissidents Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners, are Detained

Logo of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Resistance Front

On April 10th in the city of Placetas, various members of the Central Opposition Coalition, a pro-demcoracy group headed by Idania Yanez Contreras, and members of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Resistance Front called on all human rights activists to demand the freedom of various Cuban dissidents who are currently detained. Among the detainees are the two Ladies in White Sonia Garro Alfonso and Niurka Luque Alvarez (Havana), the dissident Jorge Vazquez Chaviano (Sagua la Grande), and former political prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia (Palmarito de Cauto).

In this case, 9 dissidents set out from the home of Yanez Contreras and began a civic demonstration where they carried the flag with the logo of the National Resistance Front and demanded freedom for all the previously mentioned political prisoners.  In just instants, various members of the Cuban Political Police and from the Rapid Response Brigades intercepted the demonstrators, ripping their flag from them, physically assaulting them, and detaining them by force.  Among the activists was former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, who is also the national coordinator of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Front.  Once again, we can see how agents of the Cuban regime use a bed sheet to try and cover the images of the violence which were being recorded by a camera.  It is a tactic which they have used on various occasions, especially against the women of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights when they protest in Santa Clara.  However, despite how much the regime tries to cover up the abuses against the Cuban people, they will not be able to.  See the images here:

Also, the following video is of one of the dissidents detained on that protest of the 10th of April- Alberto Reyes- who was beaten and even had his pants ripped by State agents (Spanish):

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