There are few things the Castro dictatorship detests more than those Cubans who dare to try to hold the regime accountable for its actions against the population. Which explains why the secret police this week has rounded up several dozen activists in eastern Cuba to prevent them from attending the trial of an imprisoned compatriot, Bismarck Mustelier Galán.
Mustelier, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), was arrested April 1, after he allegedly assaulted an official with the the Cuban interior ministry. Jose Daniel Ferrer Garica, the leader of UNPACU, said the regime is seeking to convict Mustelier of "resistance" and "disrespect," and to have him sentenced to 2 years in prisoner, according to an audio report from Ferrer posted on Hablalo Sin Miedo.
(Ferrer said the proceedings could not be concluded today because the court was missing testimony from the supposed "victim" in the case.)
Dozens of UNPACU activists had planned to attend the trial, which was set to start Wednesday, but the dictatorship moved to tried to preempt the show of support by rounding up dissidents in Santiago de Cuba and other towns in eastern Cuba.
As of Wednesday, several of those detained had been released, according to Ferrer.