Cuban political prisoner Yelena Garces has been released.
'It has been many days of suffering, but I stayed faithful to my cause,' said Yelena Garces after being released
The opposition member has been released on her own recognizance and is awaiting a court date to face charges of "violence and public disorder"
Opposition member Yelena Garces Napoles, imprisoned this past September 8, was released this Friday on her own recognizance and is awaiting a court date to face charges of "violence and public disorder," this according to court documents given to her in prison.
"I continue facing charges until the court date. They tell me that I am under my own recognizance. I cannot participate in any public activities. I cannot leave the province of Santiago de Cuba. I say that I am still under house arrest. But the truth is that I am strong," Yelena Garces told CUBAENCUENTRO from her home in Palma Soriano in the province of Santiago de Cuba.
After being arrested along with three other opposition members, supposedly for threatening a women who attacked them in front of her home, Garces Napoles remained in the third unit of the Santiago de Cuba police station for several days. Later, she was transferred to the ladies prison of Mar Verde.
Speaking of her release on Friday, the opposition member said that "it was sudden," and "a suprise," since she "did not expect it."
"I was sleeping when they called me, and when I went down to the prison office, it was State Security and they told me that I was to be released immediately. I was surprised by all of this. I am very nervous, I'm here in my home and I still don't believe it because I didn't expect it," the opposition member said.
Yelena Garces is a Lady in White and provincial director of FLAMUR-CUBA in Santiago de Cuba. Before her arrest on September 8, she was beaten and detained when she attempted to go to church in order to pray for political prisoners and for liberty and democracy in Cuba.