Updated, Aug. 18, 2012 -- Yosvel Ramos, Idalberto Acuña and Santiago Cardozo were released Friday afternoon with no formal charges being filed.
Acuña told the CIHPRESS news agency that while he was being interrogated, a State Security official warned that if he continued to disribute anti-Castro leaflets, "we were all going to disappear."
Three of the latest victims of the Castro dictatorship are Yosvel Ramos, Idalberto Acuña and Santiago Cardozo, members of the Cuban Patriotic Union arrested Thursday while handing out leaflets demanding that the regime ratify and enact two international human rights treaties it signed in 2008.
Cuban police detained three dissidents Thursday who were handing out leaflets on a Havana corner in support of a human rights initiative that activists said has prompted the recent string of house searches around the island.
Yosvel Ramos, Idalberto Acuña and Santiago Cardozo, members of the Cuban Patriotic Union, were arrested on a busy corner of the Marianao neighborhood, said Jose Daniel Ferrer García, a leader of the opposition group.
Ramos was on his cellphone with another dissident during the arrest and was recorded screaming that police were hitting him and spraying him with pepper gas inside their patrol car, Ferrer noted.
The three men were handing out leaflets supporting the “Citizens’ Demand for Another Cuba,” an initiative by a broad range of dissidents and activists demanding that the government ratify and enact two international human rights agreements it signed in 2008.
Ferrer said the unusually high number of police searches of dissidents’ homes reported in recent weeks was the result of government efforts to seize leaflets reproducing or supporting the Citizens’ Demand.