UPDATED, April 25, 2011 — Raumel Vinajera was released from prison Feb. 22, 2011.
Cuban human rights activist Raumel Vinajera Estive must be a very dangerous man.
How else to explain the show of force by Cuban police on the afternoon of Oct. 2, when they went to Vinajera's home in Palma Soriano to arrest him. They dragged Vinajera, who was naked, out of his house and into the street. And when neighbors and relatives protested, one of the officers pulled a gun and aimed it at the chest of Vinajera's brother.
Within days, Vinajera, a member of the Cuban Human Rights Council of Rapporteurs, had been tried, convicted of "injuries" and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
This is the second time this decade Vinajera has been ordered to the Castro gulag. From 2000 to 2003, he served time for "attacking."
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