The whereabouts of Cuban husband-and-wife human rights activists Dr. Darsi Ferrer and Yusnaymi Jorge Soca were unknown Friday, a day after they were arrested at their home in Havana, according to a report from independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez. The arrests came a day before Ferrer had planned to lead a demonstration along the seafront Malecon in the capital.
"A soldier dressed in olive green and two officers from the National Revolutionary Police came in a patrol car to their house and told Darsi they were there to search the house, which he resisted. Minutes later, they took him with my sister," said Ferrer's brother-in-law..
The brother-in-law, who was not named in the story, said officers were seen removing items from the couple's home, and that they parked a patrol car in front of the residence.
The reason for the arrests was not known, but Ferrer on Friday had planned to lead a march, dubbed "Walking Your Dreams," along the Malecon.
Independent journalist Jaime Legonier said Ferrer resisted the search because in a previous search, police had seized his laptop computer and other items but had not returned them.
Ferrer, who previously has been arrested numerous times, is one of the giants of the Cuban opposition. Read my September 2006 interview with him, here.
(H/T Mambí en Acción.)
UPDATED, July 11, 2009
The Real Cuba has more details about the march that Dr. Ferrer had planned to lead.