Jorge Luis Perez Garcia, or "Antunez," owes the world a big "thank you" after the Cuban dictatorship this week backed down in its latest standoff with the democracy activist and dropped a criminal charge against him and lifted an order that he be held under house arrest.
"This measure is not a decision of the regime, not a decision of the instructor, not even of the minister," Antunez said from Cuba. "This has been the result of intense international and national campaign generated on my behalf because of my arrest."
Antunez was arrested June 15 and charged with "public disorder." He was released June 20 but authorities ordered him to be held under house arrest pending the outcome of the case -- an order Antunez denounced as unjust.
Officials on Thursday advised Antunez the case had been dropped and that he was free to travel at will.
"Thank you very much for solidarity," Antunez said." I think this is proof of how important and necessary that solidarity is."