From Placetas, the Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ‘Antunez’ has shared a very concerning message with this blog in regards to the physical health of his wife, Yris Tamara Aguilera, whom is also an active dissident (president of the Cuban Rosa Parks Pro-Civil Rights Movement) and who has been savagely beaten at the hands of State Security during the first days of 2012. The most recent act of brutality against Aguilera occurred on Thursday, January 12th. She was released, with scars, on the 13th. Prior to this violation, Yris was beaten and detained on Tuesday, January 10th when she was actually trying to travel to the local hospital to tend to some serious wounds she has on the back of her neck and in her throat, precisely because of so many beatings. Antunez also calls on the international community to pay close attention to the violence which is occurring in Cuba, specifically the violence against women dissidents. His declaration:
“I am denouncing the strong, aggressive and cowardly wave of repression which forces of the communist Castro tyranny are unleashing against members of the internal Resistance throughout the entire island, especially the violence against women. In particular, I am outlining the case of my wife Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera, who was arrested on the morning of Tuesday, January 10th, while she was on her way to the Hospital of Placetas, in an attempt to receive medical attention for a serious complication she has in her throat, caused by a beating which took place on January 1st of this year when she, alongside other activists from the Rosa Parks Civil Movement, carried out a protest in the ‘Ernesto Che Guevara’ Plaza of Santa Clara. This protest occurred under the principles of the marches in favor of freedom and against impunity, which the Rosa Parks has declared will carry out every 1st of each month.
In her case, Yris was violently repressed and the agents applied a martial arts immobilization lock around her neck. Her throat is swollen and she has not even been able to recuperate her voice since then. I must also point out that of equal concern is the fact that my wife still has wounds from other beatings, which she has not been able to receive medical attention for any of them.
I must remind you all that this past 25th of May, during another tribute to Boitel and Zapata, Yris was violently beaten by an agent of the political police. Where she was hit on her neck, she has a large bump, and now other smaller bumps are emerging from the same wound. And this really worries us”
Antunez also expressed a deep concern for Ivonne Malleza Galano, her husband Ignacio Martinez, and imprisoned citizen Isabel Haydee Alvarez, declaring that activists from the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Resistance Front will continue carrying out public actions in demand for the freedom of these, and all, Cuban political prisoners.