Omar Suarez Campos, in front of his home.
No threat or intimidation is beyond the pale for the Castro dictatorship when it seeks to threaten or intimidate Cubans with the courage to challenge its rule. But what a Cuban State Security agent threatened to do to Omar Suarez Campos was especially despicable.
Suarez, a delegate with the Cuban Independence and Democratic Party in Pinar del Rio, on Jan. 8 was arrested in his home and taken to a police station.
During an interrogation, a State Security lieutenant colonel ordered Suarez to remove anti-Castro and pro-human rights slogans written on the outside walls of his home and threatened him with a year in prison on a pending charge of "pre-criminal social dangerousness," the Orwellian "crime" the regime often uses to target its opposition.
But the most despicable moment in the interrogation came when another State Security agent, a Major Maria Elena, identified herself as a psychologist and threatened to deliver electroshock treatments until he forgot his name, as punishment for leading a branch of the Cuban Independence and Democratic Party in his area.
Suarez was released after 24 hours in custody.