Cuban activist Yris Tamara Perez tonight is missing, not seen since mid-day Wednesday ter Castro thugs knocked her unconscious during a protest and she was taken to a hospital, according to Diario las Americas.
Pedazos de la Isla has more on anti-Castro demonstrations led this moth by Perez and her husband, the former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez”, and a summary of other repression in Cuba this week.
The Boitel-Zapata Live On Protest began on May 13th and culminated on the 25th. The objective of this annual protest has always been to pay tribute to Pedro Luis Boitel, and this year it also had the purpose of marking the birth of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, both dissidents who were murdered by the Cuban regime.
From the moment the protest was announced various anti-government activities took place throughout the entire island. The protest kicked off with a “pots and pans” demonstration (where participants ring their pots and casseroles with spoons and sticks) in Placetas and continued on with much solidarity and many demonstrations, and also with a high level of repression against each participant of the protest.
The Cuban Democratic Directorate is reporting on their web page that dissidents Jorge Luis “Antunez”, his wife Yris Tamara Perez, and activists Idania Yanez and Alcides Rivera Rodriguez were all violently arrested in Placetas after they all participated in a public march. According to the report, Yris Tamara Perez was then taken to the hospital in a state of unconsciousness after her brutal arrest. Afterwards, three other activists arrived to the hospital to check on Yris but were quickly arrested in the same manner.
In Pinar del Rio the dissident Raul Risco Perez explained, also to the Cuban Directorate, that various activists from the zone also carried out a “pots and pans” protest to mark the conclusion of the tribute, only to quickly be surrounded by political police agents in a matter of a few minutes.
In the early morning hours of the 25th Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia was reporting through “Hablalo Sin Miedo” (an automated voice message system which allows dissidents to record denouncements of acts of repression against them) that an oppressive crackdown was unleashed on numerous dissidents in the Palma Soriano area. Various mob attacks and arrests would later occur here.
In the afternoon, the Eastern activist Marta Diaz Rondon walked to the cemetery where the remains of the Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo reside, in order to take a floral arrangement and to pray for his soul. We were able to speak to her for this blog.
“A repressive crackdown has been carried out against all peaceful dissidents in Cuba. During morning hours the homes of various dissidents were surrounded. Here in Banes, Ariel Cruz Meneses and Rafael Cruz Meneses were both detained as they were walking towards my house. Ariel was beaten and they fractured his forehead; all of this was done by the political police“, explained Diaz Rondon.