Saturday, July 23

Dissidents Arrested in Cuba crackdown, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello has been Freed

From the BBC:
Opposition figures in Cuba say at least 20 Cuban dissidents have been detained as part of a crackdown against the country's political opposition.
Netforcuba.org is reporting that Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, one of the many dissidents arrested has been freed.
Miami, Florida, July 23, 2005 – We received a call from Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello at 5:30 AM from her house in Havana, who informed us that a large political police deployment blocking traffic had stopped and detained her yesterday at approximately 8:45 A.M. while on her way to pick up Felix Bonne Carcasses to go together to the demonstration convened by the Assembly to Promote Civil Society in Cuba at the French Embassy.

Martha Beatriz informed us that she was forced out of the car she was riding on and taken in a police car to the Technical Department of Investigations, better known as D.T.I., located at 100 and Aldabó, where she was confined for two hours. At the D.T.I. she exchanged strong words with state security officers, because she refused to be treated as a common delinquent. From there, she was taken to a police station located at Infanta and Amenidad, in Centro Habana. Martha Beatriz added that during all the time she remained there she felt very ill, and that she had refused to ingest any food or water.

The regime’s agents tried to have her sign a “Detention Report Document” stating that she had attempted to go in a “provocative” manner to a zone with diplomatic immunity. which she refused to sign. They had two police officers witness her refusal. Roque Cabello wrote her own document, assuming full responsibility for convening and selecting the location of the demonstration. Martha Beatriz continued to inform us that at 11:30 PM she was taken to a jail cell that had a wooden board with two pieces of newspapers, where she remained until the pre-dawn hours, at which time she was taken to her home. We also were able to speak with Rene Gomez Manzano’s brother, who informed us that René had not been returned home and continued in detention. Martha Beatriz stated that “this has not finished, that people need to be taken out of prison and that they would continue the campaign until all were liberated”.
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