(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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