The Caravan Of Terror Expands Its Impunity
The Caravan Of Terror Expands Its Impunity / Agustin Lopez
Posted on June 9, 2015
Dekaisone, Agustin Lopez, Havana, 8 June 2015 – It is 8:30 in the
morning on Sunday, 7 June. I am at my sister’s house and go down to the
street with the intention of buying bread for breakfast. A People’s
Revolutionary Police (PNR) patrol car with two uniformed police officers
and a henchman from Castro’s Gestapo, are waiting for me a few yards
from the exit and don’t allow me to realize the action. During the
previous days I had been warned to stop attending Sundays at Gandhi Park.
I engage in a conversation with the dictatorship’s assassin, who after
using various dirty and perverse methods of persuasion to keep me from
attending Mass at Santa Rita Church, including subtle threats, orders me
to accompany him. I am put into the patrol car under the express orders
of senior commanders and after riding around various places on the
outskirts of Havana I am abandoned on a central highway some 12 miles
from the city with threats not to go to Santa Rita next Sunday.
Because the Ladies in White movement has continued to mark the
difference between a fair and dignified act of justice and some
degrading relations between the governments of Cuba and the United
States, giving in to the dictatorial wishes of the Castro government.
The tyranny of Raul Castro has done everything possible to break up the
movement, using against its members and other people who support them or
show up at the place all possible methods of repression: blackmail,
bribery, subtle direct and indirect threats, slander, attempts to smear
and defame, perverse acts of repudiation by mobs lacking the slightest
thread of of dignity, and psychological tortures.
Having failed and seeing for themselves the impossibility of silencing
their voices, since 17 December 2014 when Obama announced the
reestablishment of relations between the dictatorship and the United
States government, without conditions relating to human rights, they
have intensified the violence and direct torture of their physical
bodies as an last resort.
Every Sunday after being violently arrested all the peaceful people of
both sexes who gather in the place, are led harshly handcuffed to
prisons where they are held with the handcuffs tightened for several
hours. Now, for many, has been added arrest on leaving their homes and
threats to be abandoned in places far from the city.
A few of us independent journalists who dare to go to this place, after
being arrested the images that we take with our phones are erased with
the intention that people won’t know about it and it will not get out to
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