Cuban independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, one of the most accomplished journalists on the island, has been missing since mid-day Tuesday, and his wife said she fears he was arrested by the Castro police.
Magaly Norvis, also an independent journalist, said Guerra left their home on Tuesday to visit the Czech Embassy, which provides him with access to the Internet. However, he later did not answer his cell phone, and he never made it to the embassy, Norvis said, in a report from CubaNet.
Guerra's disappearance came two days after Guerra, head of the Hablemos Press news agency, took to Twitter to report on a massive blackout Sunday night in Havana and other parts of the country, and to call for a public protest. In response, a State Security agent called Guerra on his cell phone and warned that he risked being charged with "public disorder" and being held responsible for any vandalism in Havana.
Monday morning, at about 9:30 a.m., another State Security agent showed up at Guerra's home, with a subponea demanding he show up at a police station in 30 minutes. Rejecting the agent's advice to accept the subponea Norvis said Guerra ignored the summons because under Cuban law recipients of subponeas have a minimum of 72 hours to respond.
Norvis said the couple expected police to raid their home, but they never came.
Instead, "they waited until Roberto left the house (on Tuesday) to detain him. We do not know where or under what conditions," Norvis said.
Norvis said she holds State Security for whatever might happen to her husband.