Rafael Meneses Pupo, a human rights activist from the Eastern Democratic Alliance, from Los Negritos neighborhood in Banes, Holguin province, affirmed that the regime forces of the political police and State Security have refused him his right to travel to the municipality of Antilla, in the same province of Holguin. The authorities admitted that this prohibition was based on the growing number of stickers and signs with anti-government and pro-freedom messages that are appearing.
“Captain Freddy from State Security in Banes told me himself that I could not travel to Antilla“, said Meneses Pupo, highlighting that the Captain said “that the reason that he could not travel was because Antilla was full of stickers with pro-freedom messages and that we were trouble and could not go there“.
This past 26th of July 2012, Cristian Toranzo Fundichely, also an activist from the Eastern Democratic Alliance and the director of the “Antillano Libre” independent newspaper, reported from Antilla that a number of stickers with “messages of no-cooperation with the Cuban dictatorship” had been pasted in public spaces amid celebrations of a state holiday. Prior to this, on July 23rd, Fundichely explained that a large “Down with Fidel” sign had also appeared in the same municipality. According to the young dissident, Antilla is an area in which signs, stickers, and other displays of popular discontent with the regime constantly appear.
According to the reports of both these Eastern dissidents, the Cuban authorities have found themselves in a position where they have had to admit that they are losing power and cannot control the desires of the population, which is why they must detain and prohibit human rights activists from traveling within their own country, so that they are not present in areas where local discontent is high, in order to prevent a massive popular protest.
For more information from Cuba:
Rafael Meneses Pupo – Cell Phone: +5353-268-071 // Cristian Toranzo Fundichely– Cell Phone: +5352-959-942