This 8th of May, 2013, marked the second anniversary of the death of dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia after a beating by the political police in the city of Santa Clara, Villa Clara province.
As had been reported from inside the island through social networks, a number of activists in Santa Clara set out to pay tribute to the fallen dissident when they were impeded by police forces from arriving to the cemetery to deposit flowers.
Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a baptist pastor and an independent blogger, had more details on his Twitter account (@maritovoz).
“Friends of Juan Wilfredo Soto paid tribute to him through march from park to cemetery and was strongly repressed by State Security upon their arrival”, said one message.
The activist identified some of the repressive agents who were in charge of the operation.
Pablo Echemendia, chief of Confrontation for the province, was one of the main ones. “He played a crucial role 2 years ago when they killed Juan Wilfredo Soto”.
Other agents which were present, according to Lleonart Barroso, were Captain Conde, First Lieutenant Misael, Major Adolby Gil, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Yanez and Captain Yuniel Monteagudo. All of these are well known oppressors in that central province.
“I had held State Security responsible for Soto’s life 2 years ago, and now because of my denouncements, in the name of God I hold State Security responsible for my own life”, expressed Lleonart in another tweet.
For more information from Cuba, contact:
Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso- Cell Phone: +53-382-508 / Twitter: @maritovoz