Increased Internet Access in Cuba Sheds Light on Systematic Repression against Dissidents

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Internet Access in Cuba
The Ladies in White Recently completed thier 125th demonstration as part of the #TodosMarchamos campaign, and they once again suffered oppression at the hands of the state. (Flickr)

Espa√Īol¬†Sunday, November 26 turned out to be a perfect storm of events in Cuba. Not only did it mark the one-year¬†anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death, but regional elections took place as well. On top of that, the activist group known as the Ladies in White continued their protests against political prisoners despite repressive measures carried out against them by the government.

It was the¬†125th weekend of demonstrations by the group. This one proved somewhat different because¬†activist¬†√Āngel Moya was able to photograph government officials in the act of repressing civilians, and then uploaded¬†it¬†Youtube.

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In his video, the¬†Ladies in White protest with signs and slogans¬†like “Yes Cuba, No Castro!”¬†Then,¬†law enforcement arrive and take them away.

Complaints about¬†dissident arrests¬†and disappearances¬†have also come from¬†other opposition members like graffiti artist¬†Danilo Maldonado ‚ÄĒ also known as “El Sexto” ‚ÄĒ who reported the arrest of¬†Jim√©nez Guti√©rez¬†via Instagram. He said Guti√©rez was arrested “without justification or explanation,” and has not been seen since.

My friend Roberto Jimenez Gutierez who was arrested without justification or explanation, or any indication of his current whereabouts. He has disappeared completely, and those close to him fear the worst.

Meanwhile,¬†Jos√© Daniel Ferrer, a member of¬†Uni√≥n Patri√≥tica de Cuba (UNPACU) tweeted a video narrating the history of oppression against his political movement, which protested when regional elections were shut down. He described the decision as “electoral fraud.”

Repression in Cuba against the Ladies in White and other opposition groups¬†continues to increase¬†all of the time. However, the spread of information through social media ‚ÄĒ thanks in part to WiFi areas opened by the regime throughout Havana ‚ÄĒhave allowed dissidents to expose¬†that repression to the world.

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