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Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest

Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest

Published August 15, 2012


Former Angel Moya was released after almost two days

in the custody of Cuban State Security, he told Efe.

Moya, 47, was along with four other dissidents, who have also

been released, on Sunday afternoon in the town of Pedro Betancourt, 173

kilometers (107 miles) east of Havana.

He said the arrests was effected "in a violent manner" when State

Security officers were conducting a raid of the house of Felix Sierra, a

member of the Democratic for Cuba Movement that Moya heads.

On Tuesday, Moya's wife Berta Soler told Efe that the dissidents were in

front of the residence together with another group of neighbors when

State Security agents "started hitting them, shoved them into cars and

took them to the station."

"We staged an act of being present to observe and provide moral and

political support to Felix," Moya said.

Moya said that all the arrested dissidents had been released, but Sierra

was formally cautioned for allegedly possessing "subversive propaganda,"

and Edelvis Granda and Dagoberto Santana, activists with the Alternative

Option group, were warned for creating "public disorder."

"They didn't say the reason why we were arrested, but we suspect that

the cause was the campaign undertaken by the Option Movement called

'Prayer for life' and for the supposed informative material that Felix

Sierra had, (which was) to be distributed as part of the campaign," he


In addition, he said that since January he had been arrested five times

for several hours or a couple of days each, as occurred this time.

Moya was sentenced to 20 years in during the government crackdown

that sent 75 dissidents to jail in the "Black Spring" of 2003, and he

was finally released in 2011 on parole as part of the process of freeing

political prisoners achieved with the mediation of the Cuban Catholic

Church and the Spanish government. EFE

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