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Repression Against Students
By Directorio Democrático Cubano

Youth that promote university autonomy are arrested in Baracoa and Guantanamo

University students from various parts of Cuba presenting the 5,000 signatures supporting the project University Students Without Borders on November 27th, 2007. From left to right on the top row: Eliécer Consuegra Rivas, Rogelio Tabío Ramírez, Idalmys, Enrique, Yordis García Fornier, and Juan Carlos Hernández Hernández. In the first row: Yanet Mosquera Cayón, Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina, Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, Gerardo Sánchez Ortega, and Adrián Sánchez Ortega.

University students from various parts of Cuba presenting the 5,000 signatures supporting the project University Students Without Borders on November 27th, 2007. From left to right on the top row: Eliécer Consuegra Rivas, Rogelio Tabío Ramírez, Idalmys, Enrique, Yordis García Fornier, and Juan Carlos Hernández Hernández. In the first row: Yanet Mosquera Cayón, Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina, Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, Gerardo Sánchez Ortega, and Adrián Sánchez Ortega.

Guantanamo. Seven arrests, several police citations, and threats were among the repressive measures taken on December 23rd, against youth that promote university autonomy in both Baracoa and Guantanamo. Among those arrested in Baracoa was Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina, one of the leaders of the University Students without Borders Project, that recently presented in Havana the first 5,000 signatures demanding autonomy in the principle Cuban universities.

 

“In my parent’s house in the city of Baracoa, we found ourselves with a group of friends, and we were going to spend Christmas Eve with family, when we were taken away by force by the political police that violated their own laws in the process. This is part of a strong campaign of repression against the youth of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy,” stated Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina minutes before his arrest.

 

In Guantanamo authorities detained Gerardo Sanchez Ortega along with his family when traveling by bus from the city of Santiago de Cuba. Hours later Gerardo was left in La Maya, located several kilometers away from the city of Santiago de Cuba.

 

Other youth, Denia Rodriguez del Toro, her husband Norberto Marti, Yordelis Duvalon Ortiz, and Juan Carmelo were all released December 24th. Yordis Garcia Fournier remained detained until December 25th and Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina was released this morning according to statements from Eliecer Consuegra Rivas, president of the Eastern Democratic Alliance and supporter of the project University Students without Borders. According to family sources, Yordis and Rolando had been arrested under the accusations of theft. Yanet Mosquera Cayon, wife of Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina, laughed in the State Security Official’s face when she found out, as per her testimony to the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

 

This past 29th of November three youths who presented signatures for autonomy in the universities were detained in the city of Havana and remained in inhumane conditions for over a week. Among those, were two who were also detained this past weekend: Gerardo Sanchez Ortega and Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina. On December 4th several of those detained in Guantanamo were beaten and arrested violently at the St. Teresita de Jesus Church in Santiago de Cuba, an event that had international impact.

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