Detention, threats, and house arrest in order to impede dissident couple from assisting papal Mass
From the municipality of Cacocum, Holguin, the non-violent dissident Franklin Peregrino del Toro informed that he and his wife, Lady in White Berta Guerrero Segura, were also victims of arrests and other aggressions as Cuba prepared itself to welcome Pope Benedict.
“On Sunday March 25th, at around 7:50 AM, my wife [Berta Guerrero Segura] was detained as she tried to reach Sunday Mass in the local Catholic Church of Cacocum”, denounced Peregrino. Upon seeing that after several hours his wife had not returned home, Franklin took his children to his mother-in-law’s house and he directed himself to the PNR (National Revolutionary Police) Unit of Cacocum. The dissident was rapidly and forcefully arrested upon arriving to the Unit.
“My wife Berta and I were released at 10 PM of that same day. They returned us to our house but kept a vigilance cordon around us throughout the entire time”, explained Peregrino. This police operation impeded these dissidents from leaving their homes. They were two more of the many who were prohibited from assisting the papal Mass in Santiago de Cuba.
The dissident denounced that the situation which he and his wife are going through in these very moments is “critical“. He explains that “on Saturday the 24th I left my house to pick up my son when an agent of the regime violently attacked me. He caught me by surprise and started to punch me. My wife stepped out of the house to see what was happening and then the agent also tried to hit her, and he ended up scratching her arms“. Peregrino assures that the aggressor was sent by Reymundo Rodriguez Pupo, a State Security official from Cacocum who regularly threatens dissidents in that municipality.
“This is yet another form of blackmail and violence against dissidents on behalf of the Castro regime. I am denouncing this violence before the world”, said Franklin Peregrino.
For more information from Cuba:
Franklin Peregrino del Toro – Cell phone: + 5353- 139-855