Ernesto Mederos Arozarena
UPDATED, Aug. 4, 2010 — Mederos in July 2010 was tried, convicted, sentenced to one year in jail and released.
Ernesto Mederos Arozarena is in a Cuban jail, most likely, because of the company he keeps.
Not that he, nor his company — the former political prisoner best known as "Antúnez" — have anything to apologize for.
At least three times this year, Mederos has been arrested while alongside Antúnez in the latter's never-ending struggle for human rights and freedom in Cuba. Mederos is a member of the Pedro Luis Boitel Political Prisoners organization, which Antúnez leads.
Mederos' latest arrest was Aug. 3, when he, Antúnez and other activists were picked up by police while traveling from Santa Clara to Havana to participate in activities to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the maleconazo uprising. Mederos was carrying signs with anti-government slogans when he was attacked by officers who beat him and tore his clothes, according to Antúnez.
Antúnez was released, but Mederos is still in jail, facing a charge that he attacked police officers. Prosecutors are reportedly requesting that he be sentenced to 3 years in prison.