Every 23rd of the month, activists across Cuba pause to commemorate the murder of Cuban prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died on Feb. 23, 2010.
So every 23rd of the month, the Castro regime tries to stifle the opposition activity by rounding up the activists, as if stamping out the memory of a hero is possible with a few arrests and beatings.
This month, the Castro dictatorship's security forces got a jump start on the repression with the arrests Saturday of former Cuban political prisoner Hugo Damien Prieto Blanco and other activists with the group Prieto leads, the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Hard Line Front.
Here's proof that the regime keeps an eye on the calendar when planning repression: The CIHPRESS human rights group and news agency reports that an officer told his wife that Prieto would remain in custoday until after July 26, when the dictatorship will mark the 59th anniversary of Fidel Castro's failed attack on the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba.
As if that is something to celebrate.
For more on Prieto's arrest, check out CIHPRESS's website.
For more about Prieto, read the Uncommon Sense profile.