Determining an exact count of examples of how repressive the Castro regime is against its opponents in Cuba is an impossible task. The beatings and arrests are numerous, and since Cuba is a police state run by a band of thugs eager to cover up its crimes against Cuban people, the government feels no need to hold itself accountable by offering any sort of statisitics.
So the task falls to the Cuban opposition.
The exact numbers vary -- again, quantifying the Castros' barbarity to the last beating and arrest is not possible. But what matters more is that statistics that dissidents have compiled show that despite the best intentions of the naive, the ignorant and those who don't give a damn about the Cuban people, and the lies from Raul Castro about "reform, nothing has changed in Cuba.
In fact, it has gotten worse.
In its latest report this week, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported there were 631 politically motivated arrests in January. In what has become the hallmark of Raul-style repression, most of those detained were released after a few hours or days.
The 631 arrests compares to 268 arrests in January 2011. (And it compares to the 428 arrests in January tallied by another human rights group on the island)
631 arrests, each one a call to arms, a call to resist, a call to speak out for freedom and justice in Cuba.