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Government critic released to await trial

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await trial

Further information on UA: 100/12 Index: AMR 25/017/2012 Cuba Date: 1

May 2012



Government critic Andrés Carrión Álvarez has been released from ,

to await trial on trumped up charges.

Andrés Carrión Álvarez was released from prison on 13 April to await

trial on a charge of "public disorder" (desórdenes públicos) for

shouting "" and "down with communism" before an open air mass

given by Pope Benedict XVI on 26 March.

Three days later, on 16 April, he was rearrested along with Anyer

Antonio Blanco Rodríguez, a fellow member of the umbrella group of

organizations Patriotic Union of Cuba (Union Patriótica de

Cuba, UNPACU) as they were talking in a park in the centre of the city

of Santiago de Cuba. Andrés Carrión Álvarez was charged with another

count of "public disorder" before being released five hours later. Anyer

Antonio Blanco Rodríguez was held for five days, and then released

without charge.

As part of the conditions of his release, Andrés Carrión Álvarez must

report to a station once a week, is not allowed to leave his home

municipality of Santiago de Cuba without prior authorization and must

not to associate with anyone deemed by the authorities to be a

government critic.

No date has been set for his trial. Amnesty International has called on

the Cuban authorities to withdraw unconditionally any charges against

Andrés Carrión Álvarez arising from his peaceful exercise of his right

to freedom of , and cease the harassment he is facing.

Andrés Carrión Álvarez has asked us to pass on his thanks to all those

who took action on his behalf. Amnesty International will be monitoring

his situation closely, and will take further action as appropriate.

No further action is requested at this time from the UA network. Many

thanks to all who sent appeals.

This is the first update of UA 100/12. Further information:

Name: Andrés Carrión Álvarez

Gender m/f: m

Further information on UA: 100/12 Index: AMR 25/017/2012 Issue Date: 1

May 2012

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