Kidnappings at home, the Cuban strategy against demonstrations

Havana. The police presence, the arrest and immobilization of several leaders of the dissidence prevented yesterday, November 15, the realization of the demonstration prohibited by the government, which mocked saying that it was a “failed operation” by the United States.

Around 3:00 pm, when the demonstration was scheduled in Havana and in six other provinces, the streets of the capital were calm, under heavy surveillance by uniformed and plainclothes policemen.

Some Cubans posted their photos dressed in white on social media, according to the call, but generally did not respond to the call.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounced a “failed operation” after the communist government has accused the United States for weeks of wanting to destabilize Cuba with this demonstration, which was intended to demand the release of political prisoners.

“Some of my colleagues in Washington seem to have dressed for nothing, for his party that has not happened,” said Bruno Rodríguez in a live broadcast on Facebook.

“The script has not been good and the staging has been worse,” he said, describing yesterday’s day as “festive” with the arrival of “dozens of flights” that “has revived international tourism.”

For Rodríguez, the United States has tried to “create an artificial image” of the island.

But the version of the Cuban Foreign Minister does not include the strategy applied by the Government.

Several dissidents were arrested, including Manuel Cuesta Morúa, 58, vice president of the Council for Democratic Transition.

“He was detained by State Security today at about one in the afternoon leaving the house” in Havana, said his wife, Nairobi Scheri.

Lock in houses

Briefly detained in September, Cuesta Morua said then after being released that he was threatened for calling the demonstration yesterday, November 15.

The leader of the dissident movement Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and her husband, the former politician Ángel Moya, were also detained, as announced on Twitter by dissident Martha Beatriz Roque.

Another dissident, Guillermo Fariñas, has been detained since Friday.

Many opponents, promoters of the demonstration and independent journalists denounced in recent days on social networks that they were blocked from their homes by State Security agents.

Several of them assured that they were victims of acts of repudiation, demonstrations of government sympathizers used for years to reprimand dissidents. They also reported that their internet was cut off.

The new call for protests comes four months after the historic and spontaneous demonstrations of July 11, which left one dead, dozens injured and 1,270 people detained, of which 658 are still in prison, according to the human rights NGO Cubalex .

President Miguel Díaz-Canel wanted to normalize the day by attending a ceremony for the reopening of the school year in Ciudad Libertad, west of Havana.

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