The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reports that there were at least 375 politically motivated arrests in May, the second-highest monthly total so far this year.
As of May 31, there had been a total of 1,963 such arrests. In most instances, those arrested were held for a few hours or a few days, long enough for the Castro dictatorship to deliver a dose of repression while lessening the chance that anyone might actually notice what is happening.
Fortunately, the human rights commission does notice, each month compiling a list of those who have been arrested, detained, imprisoned, etc. because of their political opposition to the regime.
The numbers are depressing, each arrest representing an example of how nothing in Cuba under Raul Castro has changed, each one a reason why it's a mistake to concede anything to his regime.
If there is a positive in the numbers, maybe it is: For the fifth month in a row, the monthly total is lower than the corresponding number from 2012. At this point last year, the had been a total of 3,218 arrests, or 64 percent more than so far this year.
But that trend is hardly worth mentioning because even one politically motivated arrest, even one detention of a political opponent is not acceptable.
For more details on each arrest in May, read this.