Fifteen years after its coast guard murdered 41 Cubans trying to flee the island, the Castro dictatorship is still trying to cover up the "13th of marzo" tugboat massacre. To the point, that it tried to strong-arm those, like independent journalist Ileana Pérez Nápoles, it suspected were organizing ceremonies to remember the massacre on its 15th anniversary July 13.
"They said they had information that a number of revolutionary organizations were preparing an activity commemorating the 15 anniversary of the 'March 13' tugboat and I was on a list of the organizers, they said they were taking steps to prevent the event as planned," Pérez said.
The goons drove Pérez to a police station and locked her in a cell until her release three days later, on July 14.
Still in jail is Pérez's brother, Víctor Manuel Pérez Nápoles, who was arrested Sunday. Illena said she was prepared to stand in protest outside of the police station to demand her brother's release.