Activists they have documented more of 500 detainees since the protests of July 11 on Cuba, among them several minors, while religious organizations assist relatives of those arrested and harsh testimonies of people released in recent days come to light.

During and afters of the protest don 11-J, which ranged from peaceful demonstrations to clashes with the police and looting in some localities, produced a be from detentionis to participants Y alleged instigators, among them anonymous citizens, artists, aopposition activists Y independent journalists.

The Government has not offered data on detainees and it is unknown how many there are, although organizations have carried out their own studies that number them from more than one hundred to thousands throughout the country.


Activists have made circular a interactive listing in a excel document that allows users Introduce not only the personal information of the arrested, but also useful information such as the date and time of arrest, the last report or the place where they were last seen.

The cast already includes 537 names in locations throughout the country, of them minor eleven, among which is a 15 year old teenager.

They are usually charge charges What “disrespect” O “crimes against the ssecurity of Condition. The Cuban Prisoners Defenders organization has denounced that many of those arrested are subjected to the summary trial, without the possibility of accessing adequate legal representation.

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A part of them were released in the last days, Some without charges and others on house arrest to awaiting trial.

Among the latter payment special leadership in the networks the testimony of a college student, Leonardo Romero Negrín, that claimed to have suffered blows Y vexations during several days from detention for participating in a peaceful march in Havana.

The portal La Joven Cuba, a media of left-wing intellectuals in the country, revealed your testimony completed and requested a “truth commission “ in order to investigate presumed abuse of the authorities andn relation to 11-J protests, the oldest in 60 years in Cuba.

Another young man released in recent days told Efe from anonymity that he was not beaten or harassed in prison – only during the protest – and received “normal” treatment, except for the annoying and verbally aggressive interrogations, sometimes at dawn.


The Catholic community, for its part, also moves to assist those arrested.

The Cuban Conference of Religious, which brings together all the congregations in Cuba, has started a provide advice not only spiritual but also legal to the relatives of the detained.

Above all they help them introduce the writ of habeas corpus what for know on what prison are your loved ones and follow the process, although “Cuban law does not give many possibilities,” Jesuit priest Eduardo Llorens, one of the leaders of this initiative, told EFE.

“We have mobilized because the number of people is many. They are estimated at several hundred and be careful not thousands. This is an impact on society. They are people who do not have a profile of common criminals and have not had problems with the justice before. “he explained.


Too a started a diffuse a call, signed by the newly created “Mothers Movement” to what go out on the street the Wednesday all over the country “all mothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends and grandmothers “ whose familiares “have passed away, be wounded O missings since July 11″.

It is collective return address at Ladies in White, the wives and relatives of the 75 dissenters imprisoned during the repressive wave of 2003 known as “Black Spring “, that for years they demonstrated peacefully to demand his release.

The mass arrests have drawn criticism from the international community.

The high commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, Michelle bachelet, asked this week the urgent release of the arrested, in addition to an investigation that allows punishing those responsible in case of confirmed abuses.

The protests of sunday 11 occurred with the sunken country in a serious economic crisis Y sanitary, with the out of control pandemic and a severe shortage of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to long power cuts, which pushed Cubans to take to the streets to criticize their government.

The authorities, for their part, insist on blaming the US for both the protests and the extreme shortages that the country suffers.

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