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Student Activists Arrested for Academic Freedom Petition Transferred from Havana to Eastern Cuba
By Cuban Democratic Directorate

Centro Habana.  Two youth leaders of the Cuban university autonomy movement, Eliécer Consuegra Rivas and Gerardo Sánchez Ortega, were transferred from the “Zanja y Dragones” Nacional Police Unit in Centro Habana to eastern Cuba after having been arrested unjustly on November 29. They have been informed by the authorities that they will possibly be booked and tried on charges of “dangerousness.”


“We were prepared for this […] we knew that it would happen at any time. We will continue our struggle, and as I have always said: if not now, when? And if not us, who?” stated youth leader Eliécer Consuegra Rivas before being transferred to eastern Cuba.


Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, who was detained along with Eliécer and Gerardo, remains at the “Zanja y Dragones” Police Unit, and was also informed he may be booked and tried on charges of “dangerousness.”  


The three imprisoned youths, Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, director of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy (CYMD)’s Center for Alternative Studies, Gerardo Sánchez Ortega, CYMD’s national coordinator, and Eliécer Consuegra Rivas, president of the Eastern Democratic Alliance, took part in a press conference on November 27 presented before nacional and international public opinion a petition for the “University Students without Borders” initiative for university autonomy from the state and freedom of expresión and association on Cuban campuses.


 “We are strong in spirit and always affirm the principles and the conviction for which we began our struggle.  Cuba’s future, sooner rather than later, must take the good path toward a free and democratic Cuba where there will not be any kind of censorship and where all young people like us will be free, above all else,” said Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina to the Cuban Democratic Directorate.




Given by the Cuban Democratic Directorate on 4 December, 2007.




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