Quantifying the repression in Cuba is an impossible task, if only because of the information blockade imposed by the Castro dictatorship and because the regime feels absolutely no need to account for the arrests and other actions it takes against its opponents.
Which is why two human rights groups that monitor conditions on the island can arrive at different statistics.
The CIHPRESS news agency on Wednesday reported 340 politically motivated arrests in April.
And on Thursday, the Cuban National Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation put the count at 402. That brings the total for the first four months of the year to 2,795, compared to 1,166 in the first four months of 2011.
The numbers were different, but CIHPRESS identified a similar trend.
So no matter how you count it, and no matter the protestations of the Castro dictatorship's apologists, nothing has changed in Cuba.