Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger arrived at her home in Banes, Holguin with the remains of her son Orlando Zapata Tamayo despite pressure from the Castro regime insisting he be buried quickly in Havana. Amid a strong deployment of State Security forces, activists and other Cubans are heading to Reina’s home to join her for Zapata’s funeral.
“The Ladies in White are with me, as well as many brothers. But they [the regime] will know, if they do not allow Antúnez and many more brothers arrive, what this mother is made of!” stated Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger, referring to former political prisoner Jorge Luis García Pérez, usually known as “Antúnez," who is one of the leaders of the National Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Front.
According to statements made by activist Martha Díaz Rondón, vice president of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights, members of the Communist regime’s repressive apparatus were detaining opposition activists as they approached Banes. Díaz Rondón added that the homes of many opposition activists throughout Cuba were sealed off by State Security perimeters, including those of Antúnez and his wife Iris Pérez Aguilera in Placetas, Villa Clara, and of Caridad Caballero Batista in Holguín. Pérez Aguilera is the president of the Rosa Parks Movement, of which Caballero Batista is also a member.
Other activists were detained yesterday, February 23, and remain in custody at political police units: Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina, Maiky Martorell Mayans, Cristian Toranzo Fundichely, and Isael Poveda Silva all remain under arrest.
Zapata Tamayo died on Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2010, murdered by the Castro regime after an 80 day hunger strike demanding respect for his basic rights be guaranteed. “The abuses committed against Orlando Zapata Tamayo prove that torture and terror are inflicted upon the Cuban people are official policy under the Castro regime. His death is evidence of the practice of state terrorism,” stated Janisset Rivero, Adjunct National Secretary of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.
Miami Herald reports that at least 50 dissidents were detained in their homes.
Diaro de Cuba has more, including a description of the evidence of torture on Zapata's body, and the "repulsion" of his family and friends in response to the murdering dictator Raul Castro's regret about his death.