Repression in Cuba, as measured by the number of politically motivated arrests, hit an 18-month high in September, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconcilation (CCHDRN) reported Wednesday.
The CCHDRN recorded at least 708 politically motivated arrests in September, the highest monthly count since the 1,158 recorded in March 2012, and 61 more than it counted in August. For the year, that brings to total to 3,631.
Another human rights monitor, the Hablemos Press news agency reported a similar increase in September, during which the Castro regime has intensified its attacks on and arrests of Damas De Blanco and other activists -- even when all they are doing is trying to walk to Sunday Mass.
Hablemos Press reported 665 politically motivated arrests in September, the highest monthly count so far in 2013. For the year, Hablemos Press has recorded, 3,440 political arrests.
The difference in the two groups' counts are probably due to various factors, including the varying extensiveness of their monitoring efforts and the difficulty in holding an accountable a regime with no insterest in being held accountable.
In the addition to the arrests, CCDHRN recorded 196 physical attacks on opposition activists,;165 "acts of repudiation," during which Castroite mobs besiege activists in their homes; 160 acts of vandalism; and 116 other assorted attacks.
Whichever number you rely on, the trend is clear: Despite talk of "reform" and an increase in "people-to-people" tours by Americans, and other such nonsense, the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is as repressive as it ever was.