Franklin Peregrino del Toro: “The Pope needs to know about this when he comes to Cuba”
The home of the dissident couple, Franklin Peregrino del Toro and Berta Guerrero, in the municipality of Cacocum, Holguin, was under vigilance since January 6th and until the 8th when State Security agents beat and detained both just for trying to assist mass in the local Catholic Church.
According to Peregrino himself, the arrest occurred right outside his home. “We were beaten, dragged, and then detained”, narrated the Eastern dissident, adding that he suffered physical blows “on the arms, hands, and elbows” as the agents applied a martial arts immobilization lock on h im and aggressively pinned him down to the floor. In the same aggressive manner, Franklin and Berta were thrown into a State Security vehicle.
The dissidents were held in a Police Unit of Cacocum, where they were threatened and harassed until 12 in the afternoon. When they were released and returned back home, they noticed that there were still State Security and Rapid Response Brigade agents surrounding their home, which remained under tight vigilance until 11 pm.
“We are condemning, before the eyes of the world, all the violations committed by Cuban State Security”, declared Franklin Peregrino del Toro, highlighting that both he and his wife will continue publicly demonstrating against the Castro dictatorship. Peregrino added that he would do everything in his possible reach to take his denouncements to Pope Benedict himself when he visits the island in March, considering that the repression does not even let dissidents assist their respective churches.
“The Pope needs to know about this when he comes to Cuba, he needs to know as well that the Ladies in White can’t even march through their own streets”.