For more than two weeks a Castro-ordered mob has besieged the home of Cuban dissident Jorge Cervantes. At one point, goons entered his home, took several items and burned them, according to a report posted at Diario de Cuba.
"These are no longer the classic 'rapid response brigades,' who scream and offend. These people are covering their faces," said Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), of which Cervantes is a member. "We (UNPACU) are calling them 'terror squads."
Ferrer said the attacks are designed to try to force Cervantes, one UNPACU's most active members, to abandon his anti-Castro activism.
Cervantes said the mobs have traumatized his three children, as well as his neighbors.
Authorities have accused Cervantes, a former political prisoner, of painting anti-Castro signs, but Cervantes said they know that is impossible because he and his family have been besieged by the mobs for more than 15 days.
Cervantes has asked local government and Catholic Church officials to intervene on his behalf, but nothing has come from those requests.