When political police agents showed up at the home of former political prisoner of conscience Ivan Hernandez Carrillo in the city of Colon, Matanzas, this 20th of March, his mother Asuncion Carrillo was the one who opened the door. Ivan was not home, so Asuncion refused to receive the police citation they were bringing for her son which ordered that he had to show up to the local police unit on the following day. However, Hernandez Carrillo quickly took to his Twitter account (@ivanlibre) to make it very clear to the agents that he would not go to any police unit.
“I respect what each person choses to do, but I am not going to any police unit with or without a citation“, said Ivan, “They are going to have to arrest me and drag me through the street to take me to a police unit, but I am not going to comply with any citations to see any police chief so that he treat me like a delinquent and criminal, because I am neither of those things“.
Due to the information he constantly reports through Twitter and photos, videos, and audios, the political police constantly watches this former prisoner of conscience. When he is not being persecuted by some State Security agent, many times his cell phone is blocked or his calls are interrupted.
When Thursday arrived, Ivan stayed true to his word; he did not cooperate with the orders of the police.
Dissidents Juan Francisco Rangel and Lázaro Díaz Sánchez, from Colon, were also summoned for the same day- Rangel at 11 AM and Diaz Sanchez at 2 PM. Both were interrogated by agent Raudel, with the same accusations and threats as always because of their pro-freedom activism.
“Like I said, I respect the decisions of everyone, but my own is that I will not go to any unit“, emphasized Hernandez Carrillo.
As of now, the renown dissident has not suffered repercussions because of his decision, although it is assumed that the State will continue to harass him. Regardless, his decision proves that power lies in the citizen, not in the repressive bodies of the regime.
* Special thanks to activist María Cama (@mspianoteacher) for this information
For more information from Cuba, contact:
Iván Hernández Carrillo – Cell Phone: +52-599-366 / Twitter: @ivanlibre