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UNPACU Activists Denounce Raid On Their Homes

UNPACU Activists Denounce Raid On Their Homes / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 28 May 2016 – This week has been one of surprises for
several activists from the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) who denounce
that they have been victims of a raid on their homes and the
confiscation of their belongings. The dissidents detailed that the
political raided three houses in the city of Santiago de Cuba on
Saturday morning and a fourth in Havana on Wednesday.

Ermito Morán Sánchez, an UNPACU activist, confirmed to14ymedio that they
“raided the homes of Carlos Oliva Torres, Yusmila Reyna and Karel Reyes
where they seized printed materials, a camera, and other items in
response to our activities to disseminate the reality of this country
among the people.”

In a telephone conversation with 14ymedio, Yusmila Reyna said that at
six in the morning, while her family was sleeping, there was a “knock on
the door.” It was the police with “a search warrant for subversive
activities.” An officer showed her a paper, but did not allow her to
read it carefully or to take it in her hands. The incident occurred on
12th Street in the Mariana de la Torre neighborhood in Santiago de Cuba.

Reyna managed to read that the order specified that they came to “seize
methods of communication, money, and any other means of
counterrevolution.” A total of ten uniformed officers plus two in plain
clothes, who supposedly came to witness the search (Cuban law requires
two civilians to witness such a search), participated in the operation.

The raid lasted over an hour and ultimately they seized working notes,
two laptops, an electronic tablet, two hard drives, a printer, a camera,
“and even receipts for items acquired abroad,” according to Reyna.

The activist circulated a text where she says that “acts like these do
not prevent us from continuing our work in defense of and
accelerating the process of democratization of our island.”

During the search of her house they also seized a number of issues of
the magazine Coexistence, documents relating to the initiative Otro 18
(Another 2018)—in support of free multiparty elections—and documents
relating to the Roundtable for United Democratic Action (MUAD).

“They took two staplers and the boxes of staples, and a hole-punch. They
didn’t leave any document I was working on and warned me that any demand
[for the return of the seized items] would have go to the ‘Confrontation
Offices’ but that they were not going to return anything.”

Meanwhile the Arcelio Rafael “Chely” Molina Leyva said that
Wednesday morning the police arrived to search his home, which serves as
the UNPACU headquarters in Havana.

“They came with several gentlemen in plainclothes and after a thorough
search took three laptops, a battery to recharge cell phones, two mobile
phones, office supplies, news from international agencies, printed civic
material and digital backups,” Chely enumerated.

This is the fourth search of this nature by the political police on
UNPACU’s Havana headquarters. As a part of the operation they
Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, who despite having a temporary residence
permit for Havana was taken to the third station of the National
Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, where he is still under

Source: UNPACU Activists Denounce Raid On Their Homes / 14ymedio –
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10 Responses to UNPACU Activists Denounce Raid On Their Homes

  • Let us see this outfit nominate candidates for election in 2017. If their names are on the ballot papers, the Cuban people can decide, in total secrecy, if the candidates are worthy of support. If they are elected, fine. If not, they should discontinue their illegal activities and work with the Government to make the necessary changes in the country.

    • But then the Castro regime will “fabricate” their CV’ to scare people as they did in the past, no?
      Falsified CV’s and even gerrymandering to stop Sirley Avila to be elected (later even subjected to a nearly lethal attack) are all part of the Castro falsification of “elections”, no?
      This is what the UN thinks of Castro’s “elections”:
      The UN’s assessment of the so called elections is correct:
      “the electoral process is so tightly controlled that the final phase, the voting itself, could be dispensed with without the final result being substantially affected”

      • I have visited a polling station myself about 5 years ago. I introduced myself to the Presiding Officer (UK terminology) and explained that I do the same job in a British election. He proudly showed me round the station, and explained the procedures. It was very similar to the UK. the ballot paper is completed in total privacy, and is placed in the sealed ballot box. The count took place at the polling station when it closed at 1800hrs; i watched it take place. Most voters had voted for the official slate of candidates; some had deleted names, and some were entirely blank (= anti=Government vote).

        When I discover the date of the 2017 elections in Cuba I will try to be in the country on that date to see it for myself.

        • As always you are disingenuous: the elections are rigged before the poll as only selected candidates can get on the ballot. A free and fair election would mean that all that wanted to be candidates were one the list? that – as the Swedish diplomat acting for the UN confirmed – isn’t the case.
          You can only vote for those on the list. Even if you reject all of them the system will be in control of the next batch on the list. There is no way out. 100% of voters can reject all candidates, but they can’t get “non-approved “candidates”” on the list.
          As such the UN observer is correct: the elections are a sham as there is no choice.
          Your comment is mute, disingenuous and biased. (As always).

          • it is hard for CV to face the unpalatable truth about elections. Two so-called “dissidents” were nominated last year and stood for election in Havana; they came bottom of the poll! I support the right of anyone to obtain the necessary local support to reach the ballot paper; when that is achieved, it is up to the people.

            if the “dissidents” who stood in Havana were as popular as they claim, and the Government candidates so hated, they would have swept into office. With the system of crossing out unpopular candidates, the 2 “dissidents” should have been elected; the counting, remember, is in public, and watched by anyone who cares to see it. I plan to witness this in 2017.

          • The one denying the “unpalatable truth” about the Cuban elections are you, William Read.
            A Swedish diplomat, previously stationed in Cuba and nominated UN rapporteur, clearly stated the reality of “elections” in Cuba.
            The UN’s assessment of the so called elections is correct:
            “the electoral process is so tightly controlled that the final phase, the voting itself, could be dispensed with without the final result being substantially affected

            The facts:
            See: E/CN.4/1998/69

            Anyone standing is vetted and the two dissidents that came forward as possible candidates for local elections were slandered, the repressive forces of the regime warned people not to select them, their CV’s were falsified, …
            To stop genuine elections he Castro regime even resorted to gerrymandering:

  • I am afraid that you are clutching at straws now. I am aware of the infamous “verdict” by a Swedish official about Cuban elections; I have also studied my copy of the book “Democracy in Cuba and the 1997 elections” by Arnold August which presents a complete picture of the entire Cuban electoral process. I have also seen the information sheets about candidates that bare displayed in local area for the information of voters.

    In 2017 I am sure that “dissidents” and others opposed to the Cuban political system will be able to have their names on ballot papers, and voters will have a free choice whether or not to endorse them. Despite what you say, at least in the polling station I visited, the electors have a totally secret ballot. If you know the 2017 election date, please publish it in response to my post, as I would very much like to arrange to be in Cuba on that date if possible.

    • You are the one clutching at straws by referring to the work of a far from independent author. Mr. August is a well known Castro apologist and is known for mindlessly defending the regime.
      As usual you avoid the realm issue: the regime controls through the CDR and the “representative” organizations who can get on the ballot.
      That is why the UN is correct and why the elections themselves are irrelevant.
      Here are the facts again that refute your propaganda.

      • I see that you designate the elections expert Arnold August as a “… well-known Castro apologist…” and dismiss his work as a result, and as usual you designate the Cuban Government as a mere “regime” instead of the legally recognised government of that island.

        As the 2017 elections approach (whenever they are in that year) I shall read with interest the build up to the voting in the Cuban media and CubaVerdad, and hopefully see it for myself on election day.

        • Your “expert” is just a Castro propagandist. Anyone that has any knowledge of Cuba knows that.
          The 2017 “elections” will again exclude all the oppose Castro. The UN report and my links will explain you why and how You can’t win this argument.

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