Cuban activist Jorge Luís García Pérez "Antúnez" faces a charge of "assault" after he was arrested Saturday in apparent retaliation for his testimony during a U.S. Senate hearing last week, according to a report posted on Payo Libre.
Antunez's wife Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera said Tuesday that when she went to a Santa Clara police station to check on her husband, a police captain told her Antunez had been charged with assaulting an official with the Cuban Interior Ministry.
Charging its political opponents with crimes like "assault," is a common tactic by a Castro regime always trying to legitimize its repression.
But in most instances, such as what is currently happening to Antunez, the dictatorship's true intent is clear.
With his testimony before the Senate, which was delivered from Cuba via teleconference, Antunez obviously struck a nerve in the halls of Havana. And obviously was decided that his testimony would not go unanswered.
In response, U.S. senators and others must maintain the pressure to force Antunez's immediate release.
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